Here’s a totally fascinating and somewhat disturbing image from the early days of the Atomic Age and the Cold War (click for a larger copy).
As you might be able to guess, this is a family nuclear fallout shelter, made out of steel and full of all the home comforts of 1950. I spot two board games — Life and Chutes & Ladders, a Reader’s Digest book, a box of macaroni dinner, a block of Velveeta, some Ajax cleaner, and assorted other sundries.
Why, in the event the Soviet Union ever drops the Big One I would expect to live comfortably in this thing for at least a week before going insane.
(Source — National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center)
- July 16, 1945: Trinity Blast Opens Atomic Age (wired.com)
- Dinosaurs of the Atomic Age! (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Fallout Shelters: Reminder of a Fearful Time (theepochtimes.com)
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