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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:07 PM

Who remembers seeing these yellow signs

on buildings around town?

I used to walk home from school past a fire station that had one.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:11 PM

1. I worked in a radio station that had one in the basement.

It was still stocked with survival candies and crackers from 1962. This was in 1975-76.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:14 PM

2. I grew up in Department of Defense schools.

All of them had fallout shelters.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:20 PM

3. At the hospital I worked at in the late seventies.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:21 PM

4. They were common in the '50s and '60s.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:33 PM

5. Some of those still contain the supplies they were originally stocked with.



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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:41 PM

6. I remember them. I wondered what a department store basement would do in a nuclear blast.

I lived near Wright Patterson AFB and we had a SAC bomber group there. I thought if I saw them all taking off at once it was over.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:05 PM

7. I grew up in the 80s and remember them.

The first high school I attended had one. I remember when I was younger, asking grownups what they were for, and no one would give me a straight answer.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:28 PM

9. Me!!! nt

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:57 PM

10. Who remembers the CONELRAD symbols on the AM radio dial?



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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:52 PM

11. All over my grade school building!!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:01 PM

12. I recall a couple of drills

Our class dutifully trooped down the stairs to the school basement and crowded into the fallout shelter. It seemed very dreary, but in those pre-Pentagon Papers days, grade schoolers were indoctrinated to believe that the grown-ups and the government would look out for us, and we'd be okay.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:08 PM

13. I remember them.

It's funny, I never really noticed that they had even gone away.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:19 PM

14. Sure do, here's mine (kitchen, taken just now)



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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:29 PM

15. I'm so old, I remember duck and cover drills. My favorite commentary on it...

...was that poster that showed up in the late sixties:

Instructions for preparing for nuclear attack:

?JWcDI4lA

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:54 PM

16. Of course. I grew up near Kennedy Space Center.

They were everywhere.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:19 PM

17. They were on my civilian elementary and junior high schools

We figured that Flint, MI would be a secondary target because of all the car factories (well, nobody but the state government is interested in destroying the city any more). The factories (while they still existed) were kept on war ready status after WWII so that they could be converted to manufacturing tanks in a hurry.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:43 PM

18. My grade school was less than a mile from a missile base.

Bomarc II missiles, nuclear tipped anti-aircraft missiles each about half the yield of the Hiroshima bomb. At the far end of their range, they could make it to the Canadian border, other wise they would be going off within Minnesota.

Only thing between was an empty field and the trees around the missile base.

And yes, I believe the school was a fallout shelter.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:37 PM

19. Yes, but mainly in larger towns.

Not many buildings in small country towns qualified for the job.

I also recall the phobia during the 50s/60s red scare that permeated rich folks lives due to some pretty slick advertising for home fallout shelters. Some construction companies made out like bandits. Even some farmers dug the damn things near their homes.

A lot of folks also participated in Civil Defense groups back then, too.

We're showing our age........ .........

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