The 1950s and early 1960s. A time of anxiety, dread, fear and paranoia. Fear of a nuclear war – one that would incinerate most of the worlds population in a matter of minutes. Anxiety that it would happen at any place, and at any time. Dread that it would happen when we were away from home. Paranoia that those with fallout shelters would be overrun by panicked neighbors and relatives. So it was no small wonder that Tranquilizers became huge business. Over-the-counter sleeping aids were flying off drugstore shelves and alcohol was the go-to elixir guaranteed to make the anxiety go away.
A family fallout shelter in the 1950s.
The Facility, a 12-bedroom apocalypse-ready pied-à-terre described in a 2015 listing (asking price: $17.5 million) as “the only fully renovated hardened and privately owned underground bunker of its kind in the United States today.”
“My higher range starts at $8m and those shelters have Jacuzzi tubs, a swimming pool for exercise and are about 40 feet long and 15 feet wide. Did you hear about Kim and Kanye getting one built? Yeah, that’s one of ours. I’m sure Kim’s will have a pool too. But look, my clientele goes up way higher than her.”
Bomb Shelter Food Rations
Exterior Entrance Group Shelter for Scientists at Lawrencce/Livermore Lab. This was built by a group of scientists 1961-62. Eight families share the shelter. Recently it was used by a 19-year-old college student for a Halloween party.’
page from a Fallout Shelter Coloring Book, 1962
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Boy Scouts fallout shelter parade float
The country’s first underground school, it is also the largest fallout shelter. It accommodates 540 children through sixth grade, can house 2,160 adults and children for two weeks as an emergency shelter. It’s built to withstand blast and fallout from a 20-megaton bomb.
Shipping containers were built to be stacked. They’re called Intermodal Freight Containers because they can be moved on trains, boats, helicopters, whatever. They are meant to be large portable closets. They were not to be buried or cut into, and certainly weren’t designed to be used as underground bunkers. Once you do that, you start changing their effectiveness. They are not built for lateral pressure and not designed for long-term wetness or acidic/caustic soil.
Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
This extensive nuclear fallout shelter built from 42 school buses could house 500 people in its tunnels.
Mr. and Mrs. John Schreiber and daughter Susan and Sidney Blanchard stand in their new bomb shelter in 1960.
A family in their underground lead fallout shelter, equipped with a geiger counter, periscope, air filter, etc., early 1960s.
Bomb shelter baby carriage.
Hubbard said his company is now on track to move more than 1,000 units this year, with some models retailing for as high as US$1.3 million. “A tornado shelter is like a butter knife, a fallout shelter is like a steak knife, and a bomb shelter is like a machete,” Hubbard said.
A Swedish doctor has been charged with drugging, raping and kidnapping a woman he allegedly imprisoned for six days in a windowless bomb shelter, Stockholm’s chief prosecutor says.
Susanne Kaplan stands in the bomb shelter beneath her Tucson home Friday August 20, 2004.
Doris and Alan Suter step down into the bomb shelter in the garden of their home at 44 Edgeworth Road, Eltham, London, SE9, sometime between June and August 1940.
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Atlas Survival Shelter CEO Ron Hubbard has every reason to smile at growing sales, citing growth of a staggering 700 percent since Trump’s election in November 2016.
This family fallout shelter looks like it couldn’t protect squat. I mean, I’ve seen Lego creations that could probably do better.
Family Entering Bomb Shelter, 1939
JFK’s secret Florida Bomb Shelter
HIDDEN JFK NUCLEAR BOMB SHELTER ON PEANUT ISLAND (EVEN LOCALS DON’T KNOW )
Spare a thought for the unlucky estate agent charged with finding a buyer for this bizarre atomic bomb-proof bunker in Sweden. Built to withstand a nuclear attack, the bunker for sale in Boden, northern Sweden, was built 100 metres inside a mountain. The bunker also has some pretty unusual rooms inside: “The ground floor is today decorated as a laser game arena where guests play laser games and it is decorated with a space theme,” the listing explains. And the whole facility also has a Star Wars theme.
The lack of a corporate safe room is a potential liability. Consider that the capture or murder of a company’s executives would emotionally and financially devastate shareholders, expose insurers to potentially big payouts and leave other businesses in a state of constant worry. Simply said, safe rooms can be one component of your overall executive protection plan.
Proposed Underground Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Rendot, 1951.
Buckminster Fuller 1940’s with his Bomb shelter
These concrete towers were unique AIR RAID SHELTERS of Nazi Germany, built to withstand the destructive power of WWII bombs and heavy artillery. Their cone shape caused bombs to slide down the walls and detonate only at a heavily fortified base. Cheaper to build above ground than to dig bunkers, they were quite effective, as it was possible to cram as many as 500 people inside. Plus the “footprint” of such tower was very small when observed from the air, so it was very hard for the bombers to ensure a direct hit. Hitler was quite impressed by Winkel’s concept and blueprints, and ordered full engineering and production support. They were meant to be shelters for factory workers and railroad personnel, to be placed mostly in heavily industrial areas, such as Giessen.
This is how modern bomb shelters look like. Of course, their prices are really high. This one, for example, costs $10 million.
Notice this design of shelter has an ‘L’ shaped entrance. Radiation travels in straight lines and cannot turn a corner. But like a lot of American Civil Defense planning it never seems to take into account radioactive fallout dust. I guess they assume that since this shelter is designed to be built inside a basement; the house structure above will act a suitable barrier and filter for the fallout dust.
3970 Spencer Street in Las Vegas, Nevada was last purchased in 2014 by a mysterious group called the Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species, who paid $1.15 million after the house was foreclosed on (original asking price: $8 million). It includes perhaps the world’s most stylish bomb shelter, which businessman Girard Henderson had constructed in 1978, 26 feet below the ground, with swimming pools, a sauna, a garden, fountains, waterfalls, a mini golf course, and a grill.
Companies like Rising S Co. in Texas say they have seen an increase in inquiries and sales for bomb shelters and underground bunkers like the one pictured.
Not only do mirrors make your home appear larger, they’re great for hiding bomb shelters.
“This is a great [way] to conceal your steel bomb shelter door: make it look like a concrete door,” says Neo.
In this March 23, 1951 file photo, two styles of bomb shelters are shown for sale at Bomb Shelter Mart in Los Angeles.
FDR’s Bomb Shelter
1950: Diagram of a typical subway bomb shelter proposed for New York City in a 104 Million dollar bomb shelter program outlined by the Board of Transportation.
Mary Lou Miner
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Bomb shelter position was indicated by arrows painted on the walls.
Todd returns to his old home to see the bomb shelter.
During the last couple of years of WW2, our household was equipped (at government expense) with a Morrison (Air Raid) Shelter. This consisted of a 6′ 6” by 4′ steel cage about table height, made up of angle iron legs and a solid steel plate top. Inside was fitted with a bedspring on which you put a standard size mattress. Heavy steel mesh panels (removeable from the inside, covered the sides.
Ruth Colhoun and her daughters climbing down the stairs into their new underground atomic bomb shelter.
A 72 hour survival test of a typical family in a bomb shelter, circa 1955.
Bomb shelter in Tel Aviv
“The nation’s first fallout shelter to be built into a freeway” (May 15, 1962).
1962 Vertical fallout shelter
The bomb shelter looks… uh, great, boys! Can you build one in Anoka?
The fallout shelter built for the US Congress in the 1950s underneath the Greenbrier Resort.
Bomb shelter for children in Sderot, Israel
Vivos shelters are deep underground, fully self-contained complexes with more amenities that some hotels. We’re not just talking about customised living quarters and flat screen TVs – these are built with swimming pools, wine cellars, pet kennels, hydroponic gardens, gyms and medical facilities.
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