Boing Boing pal Wil Wheaton says,
BoingBoing readers whose interest in the Manhattan Project has been piqued by your Simnuke posts will find hours of Cold War-era atomic bomb-related footage in the Prelinger Archive at the Internet Archive.Shown above, a series of stills from Duck and Cover.
They've got lots of propaganda films like the hilarious Duck and Cover, and the horrifying My Japan. There are also official government test films, like Operation Crossroads (better known as the tests on Bikini Atoll) and Operation Cue, which features tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site in 1955.
Previously on Boing Boing:
Xeni on NPR -- SIMNUKE: Having a Blast in the Nevada Desert
Xeni headed to Simnuke
Reader comment: Nick James says,
I couldn't let your post on Boing Boing go by without pointing out 1954's amusing "The House in the Middle," a documercial sponsored by the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association, of course, claiming that a clean house with a fresh coat of paint will save your house and family from a nuclear blast.Anthony Hall says,
I wrote an essay on bomb shelter culture in the US a couple years ago, which I've made available, in case anyone's interested:Link. There seem to be a fair number of readers with a thing for Cold War culture, so I thought I'd share. A number of my sources for the paper were the safety films now featured on Boing Boing.
You neglected to mention the most fun factoid about Duck and Cover -- that Mia Farrow was the Duck and Cover kid.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.