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Duck and Cover

duck.jpg I was browsing through the National Archives (yes, again) the other day and came across another charming, outdated public information pamphlet. From the Federal Civic Defense Administration, "Facts About Fallout" (1955), seeks to educate the public about the risks of nuclear fallout and how to minimize its effects. You have to love the tone, which veers wildly from fear-mongering ("If you are exposed to it long enough—IT WILL HURT YOU! IT MAY EVEN KILL YOU!"—emphasis theirs) to reassurance ("But this problem can be solved—as others have been—by American ingenuity and careful preparation").

Check it out at the link below (enlarge to read text), and then watch another Cold War-era favorite, Duck and Cover (1951), which was added to the National Film Registry in 2004 in honor of its historical significance.

Facts About Fallout
Duck and Cover (youtube)


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