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Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 5 — 1950s Family Nuclear Fallout Shelter

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).

Nuclear Fallout Shelter (1950)

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)

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