Fallout Shelters – All the Rage in the Space Age
January 2, 2009
I found these great old fallout shelter photographs, drawings, and brochures. The fallout shelters were popularized during the Cold War era. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and the Federal Government started the Community Fallout Shelter Program. Below are some images from the LIFE archive and Flickr. The images from the “Fallout Shelter Handbook” were borrowed from Ward-o-Matic, he’s got some more great scans from the book here.
Cover of LIFE magazine - January 12, 1962
A mock up bomb shelter from LIFE Magazine
Presentation of items to bring along to your very own fallout shelter
Do it yourself and build your own shelter with this brochure!
Another "Build-it-Yourself" fallout shelter book
Shelter circa 1955
Business Executive, Keith S. McHugh, arguing the advantages of fallot shelters for every home with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller - LIFE archive 1960
Bomb Shelter circa 1963
Fall out shelter circa 1961
A "do-it-yourself" shelter sketch
Advertisement for fall out shelter and a nuclear survival guide
An advertisement for shelter beds