This is one of the best illustrations I’ve seen of a fallout shelter from the 1950s. The dark lighting and grim, industrious nature of the family reflect the way a real family might have behaved during an attack. Michael Amrine, who edited the well-regarded Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, wrote the text and provides sane, sober, […]
Cutaway drawings of residential or community (non-military) nuclear bomb shelters built mainly during the 1950s and 1960s.
In addition to small residential bomb shelters built in backyards or in basements, some communities planned–and in some cases, built–larger shelters for the community. Most community bomb shelters were based in existing buildings–church or school basements, in particular. But this cutaway drawing shows a bomb shelter under a bridge built for this express purpose. Click […]
Nice, if low-resolution, cutaway drawing of a nuclear fallout (i.e., bomb) shelter from 1962. Source: Fallout Shelter Handbook by Chuck West. Published by Fawcett Books.
Home-based nuclear fallout shelters combined everything that magazines needed in the 1960s to attract readers: fear, home remodeling, and the opportunity for producing great cutaways. Just going into your basement during nuclear attack would decrease your chance of radioactive exposure to 10% of the exposure if you had stayed outside. By undertaking some pretty major […]
This cutaway of a home-based nuclear bomb shelter from 1961 was designed by the Office of Civil Defense to be built for less than $280 in materials. Source: Popular Mechanics December 1961
In 1961, LIFE extolled the benefits of building a basement bomb shelter out of pre-cast concrete blocks. This cutaway drawing shows how the homeowner would have situated the shelter in a corner of the basement where it had no windows. The article estimated materials cost not to exceed $200. It was estimated that radiation within […]