Tuesday

Blast (Shelter) From The Past

I have always been fascinated by the cold war era and its associated paraphernalia. The old DOD brochures and most of all the blast and fallout shelters. There are several around the small city I live in and I have decided to document them in photographs before they are gone. Most of them are in terrible shape and date back to the late 50's and early 60's.

This first offering is stamped 1962 and has a built in hand pump for water. The owners are using it for storage and I was unable to photograph the interior. 

You will note that the original blast door is missing and has been replaced with a wooden door. You can see the walls and ceiling are about three feet thick. The ventilation pipes and one of the filters are still present though they appear non-functional. 

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting indeed, Southron. You may also be interested to know that there is a short article in this week's New Yorker (May 10 issue) about fallout shelters. It's a kind of interview with someone who thinks that fallout shelters may be coming back in now that the threat is more terrorists with single bombs than massive thermonuclear war. Have a look and let us know what your thoughts are.

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  2. Anon - I think fallout shelters may be a bit much (terrorists are far more likely to detonate some sort of "dirty bomb" that would cause much more local contamination than something like what the shelters were supposed to protect us from (I envision a Tsar Bomba-type disaster when I think of the shelters). Today's "bomb shelter" would probably take the shape of a gas-mask and a few weeks' worth of food.

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  3. The cold war caused so much destruction...

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