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A Racine family equips their fallout shelter in 1960

Multi-Purpose Food from Cold War fallout shelter in Racine, Wisconsin, 1960.


In 1960, fearing the effects of a nuclear bomb on nearby Chicago, Paul and Edith Sobel of Racine constructed a fallout shelter, as did thousands of other Americans. They stocked it with provisions intended to keep their family alive until radiation would have dissipated and they could emerge from their sanctuary. The links below take you to images of the canned food and other items that the government recommended Americans provide for themselves in case of a nuclear attack.

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Related Topics: World Wars and Conflicts
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Pub Data: Original artifacts housed in the Wisconsin Historical Museum
Citation: "Multi-Purpose Food from Cold War fallout shelter in Racine, Wisconsin, 1960." Original artifact housed in the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1233; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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