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One of the best things about fictional environments is that we can project our dreams on them.  And kids of the 1970s universally projected dreams onto The Brady Bunch house.

We all wanted to live there.  It was grander, fancier, and more modern than our own houses.  Even that oh-so-fake backyard, with its Astroturfed lawn and false background blue sky, was very inviting in its sterility:  it felt safe.

So, one of the worst things that can happen with a beloved fictional environment is when that fantasy is punctured.  Maybe you visit the set and see it in all its blandness.  Or you see production stills of the set–lit and empty.  Or the rare photo of a studio guy pushing a broom across the set.  The fantasy is dead.

Or–two dreams collide.

May I Borrow Your Set, Please?

When I first heard that the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) from the original Mission: Impossible TV show had invaded The Brady Bunch house, I thought it was a joke.  I thought it had to be a stupid mash-up, where the IMF barges in with guns and– Cut to a shot of Cindy Brady holding a cap gun!  Not so.

Both were filmed at Paramount Studios in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so sets would have been reused.  Very Brady Blog shows us another Paramount set shared by the two shows.

In the MI episode “Double Dead,” aired on February 12, 1972, the IMF enter a house that every person of a certain age will immediately know.  Directly below, actors Linda Day George and Paul Koslo, enter The Brady Bunch house.  Readers will recognize the green divider, wide door, red tile floor, and rock wall.  Even the Chinese cabinet to the right and the little bull sculpture on the divider are the same.  Below that, we see Alice answering the door.


Brady Bunch Interior Doorway


And moving along toward the familiar Brady Bunch staircase area, we see that the staircase itself has been removed.  But we can still make out the colored glass window above the stairs and rock fireplace.

Brady Bunch House Staircase


Here is a YouTube of that clip from MI:

It’s a pretty fanciful look at a double-decker Golden Gate Bridge that never happened.  The neighboring Oakland Bay Bridge is double-decker, but not the Golden Gate Bridge.

No information about this cutaway found on Flickr than the artist is Michele and the date is 1968.

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Golden Gate Bridge 1968

Golden Gate Bridge 1968

Source:  JoeKane17

A gorgeous late 1960s cutaway from Pierre Mion for the “Deep Diver,” a ferry submarine designed by Edwin A. Link and built by Perry Submarine Builders, Riviera Beach, FL.

This 22-foot, 4-man craft was meant for work, not play–underwater construction or research.

Interestingly, Perry Submarines is still around and making submersibles, one of which is going for $695,000!

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Deep Diver Ferry Submarine Cutaway 1967

Deep Diver Ferry Submarine Cutaway 1967

Source:  Popular Mechanics July 1967

This Quonset hut-style hospital was kept inflated by compressed air from a utility unit.  Standing 20 x 52 feet, this portable hospital’s utility unit provided the positive air flow, power, heat, hot and cold water, and most welcome in the Southeast Asia jungles–air conditioning.

Note:  poor alignment of pages cuts off part of structure.

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Inflatable Vietnam War-Era Quonset Hut Cutaway, 1967

Inflatable Vietnam War-Era Quonset Hut Cutaway, 1967

Source:  Popular Science July 1967

Pickup Truck Camper Cutaway 1967

Pickup Truck Camper Cutaway 1967

This pickup truck camper was pretty state-of-the-art stuff for RVs in the late 1960s.

It had a pass-through to the cab; 12v outlets; aircraft inclinometers to indicate when the camper was leveled off; stiff springs; and an over-the-cab bunk.

Source:  Popular Mechanics May 1967

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.

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Community Bomb Shelter Under Bridge, 1962

Community Bomb Shelter Under Bridge, 1962

Source:  LIFE January 12, 1962

Home Fallout Shelter 1960

Home Fallout Shelter 1960

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 home remodels, all located in your basement and all eventually unused, you could shrink that statistic another ten-fold.

Source:  Popular Mechanics October 1960

Nuclear Bomb Shelter Cutaway 1961

Nuclear Bomb Shelter Cutaway 1961

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

Basement Bomb Shelter, 1961

Basement Bomb Shelter, 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 the shelter would be about 1% of radiation outside.

As a final warning, the article mentioned that, should the nuclear warhead hit within 10-15 miles of you, the house might be blown down onto the shelter and catch fire.

Source: LIFE Sep 15, 1961