The Nuclear Option - A Philatelic Catalog and Reference Book On Atomic Stamps

It took four years for Rev John Walden, a keen stamp collector since the age of eight and veteran of Britain’s atomic testing programme, to showcase his  topical stamp collection on the subject of atoms, inside a heavy 560 pages illustrated book!

At the age of 18, he was sent on assignment to Australia inside the RAF Balloon Unit Crew to suspend an atomic bomb beneath three balloons.

“I manhandled the atomic bomb and did receive an overdose but so far I have been very fortunate and have not contracted any of the illnesses that so many other nuclear test veterans have suffered.” Rev John Walden

The Nuclear Option: A Philatelic Documentary is dedicated to the “countless thousands of British servicemen” who were not so lucky.

In addition to the stamps checklists, you will find references to postcards, maps, photographs, metermarks, slogans, cancels, covers and so much more around the discovery of atomic warfare.

Topical Stamp Collecting - Atomic Warfare
The Nuclear Option – A Philatelic Documentary by Rev John Walden


But it is in the area of the “thematic knowledge” that John and his book standout. It is all here, from the biographies of the principal personalities to the technical specifications of the aircraft and ships, the details of the various “operations”, health and social issues, the list is endless and the research it represents is outstanding. Without doubt he has certainly “developped the theme” and “innovation” is constantly displayed.

With forewords by Lord Jack Ashley and R.J. Ritter, Commander NAAV, The Nuclear Option is an invaluable catalog and reference book that, given the completeness of it’s main theme and the bonus of its coverage of a host of other topics, makes it a must for a wide range of thematic collectors and exhibitors.

Extract of the Book Review Column written by Roger Swindells in the  March-April 2010 edition of Topical Time  (ATA)


President of the Norfolk and Norwich Philatelic Society, Rev John Walden lives in Norwich.

Talk soon,


Your Stamp Collecting Queen ;-)


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1 comment to The Nuclear Option – A Philatelic Catalog and Reference Book On Atomic Stamps

  • Daniel Perriton

    What a wonderful book,it will surely become a reference book for generations to come.
    The research that made it possible to be written is indeed a credit to the Author.
    Whilst Rev.John Walden had experience in Maralinga Teesting Site,I had experience on Christmas Island Grapple Site,we would both be healthier had we not been in either of the locations
    A Fantastic Work and use of the written word.

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