In 1955, the General Dynamics Corporation commissioned artist Erik Nitsche to design a series of posters that would ease public concerns about atomic energy without revealing the details of their classified projects. His Atoms for Peace campaign included the present lot, a poster featuring the artist’s interpretation of the USS Nautilus, the design of which was so top-secret that Nitsche was provided only a basic idea of what the submarine would ultimately look like. The resulting design is emblematic of postwar innovation and progress, evoking an optimistic and distinctly modern view of the future.