Celebrating science became a fad in the early fifties with "atomic design,"
adopting the atomic diagram with all those protons, neutrons
and electrons floating around in neat, elliptical orbits.
Was it a starburst or a sunburst?
Franciscan Starburst pattern
and fabric tablecloth to go with it.
It's hard to understand the charm of atomic bombs.
Atomic Fire Ball gum
complete with mushroom cloud
But those of us who grew up hoping a wobbly desk
would protect us from the inevitable Cold War attack
recall how the images permeated the culture.
Weird Science indeed.
There really isn't that much atomic imagery on fabric from the fifties but the word "Atomic" is now used to describe any of the abstract modern prints---
any high-style fifties design.
Atomic Ranch magazine