Manhattan is a new TV series that airs this Sunday (July 27, 2014) on WGN America. It was filmed in Santa Fe, NM, just one hour north of Albuquerque. Set in Los Alamos, NM, in 1943, the show tells the story of the people behind New Mexico’s involvement in the building of the first atomic bomb and the secrets they had to keep – from everyone.
Set in Los Alamos, N.M., at the Manhattan Project during the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb, “Manhattan” explores the cost of secrets and the corrosive effect they have on individuals, families and their relationships. – WGN website
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Some of the Sweet Jubilee ladies have been lucky enough to be cast as extras during the first season along with some of the local lindy hoppers from Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We won’t know if our faces make any brief appearances until the episodes air, but we can tell you we are extremely excited to have been part of this show, even in the smallest way! Their costuming department also purchased a few items from our Etsy store during the filming, so we are excited to look for our clothes in the episodes as well!
A few of the Sweet Jubilee Girls have either grown up in New Mexico or have close friends or significant others that grew up here, some even in Los Alamos. Thus we are very aware of the role Los Alamos played in the history books. As New Mexicans and vintage enthusiasts, we are very excited to see the show! If you are curious to learn more about the history of the Manhattan Project and are ever passing through Albuquerque, N.M., we recommend a stop at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The TV show itself was based on the novel The Wives of Los Alamos (NYT review, Amazon). There are certainly many more books out there about the history of Los Alamos and its role in the Manhattan Project. A quick search on Amazon will bring you many to choose from.