Atom bomb survival suit patent from 1958


27 Responses to “Atom bomb survival suit patent from 1958”

  1. Mujokan says:

    Reminds me of the coin-operated Pulowski Preservation Shelter.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Still better than “duck and cover”!

  3. Anonymous says:

    While searching for the original images to that patent, I’ve found this: which looks like a real-life version of Minecraft cubes made of lead.

  4. Michael Leddy says:

    Bottom right: Is that an extra pair of socks?

  5. Rob says:

    But does it keep your milk cold?

  6. noen says:

    Also known as a meat tenderizer.

  7. Gutierrez says:

    Definitively much more portable than a fridge.

    • GeekMan says:

      Damn, you beat me to it. :D

    • PaulR says:

      Damn you, Gutierrez!

      /Came here to say: “It protects you from atomic blasts, but you look like a fridge.”

      //wanders off, mumbles “‘portable evacuation chamber’..there’s a joke there somewhere.”

  8. awjtawjt says:

    except your legs and feet get fried off

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Like girdles weren’t uncomfortable enough.

  10. IWood says:

    Those don’t work at all.

  11. Shart Tsung says:

    What you would do is lay down on your stomach so that everything is protected. Then you crawl or squirm until you’re out of the radiation zone.

  12. codesuidae says:

    Reminds me of Alistair Reynolds’ palanquins.

  13. Anonymous says:

    There’s no way that silly little shield would do anything to help anybody survive a nuclear blast. At the very most, it might help preserve enough soft tissue to identify the body.

    That said, I still don’t find it revolting. It’s just goofy, and it illustrates how naive people were about these matters back in the 50′s and 60′s.

  14. Church says:

    Is there anything more revolting than this solitary, encapsulated, iron maidenesque survival sarcophagus and its promised hope of survivability?


  15. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of the suits in “This is the Way the World Will End” by James Morrow.

  16. Magnus Redin says:

    Every third house where I live has a civil defence shelter in the basement, most city areas built ca 1940 to 1990 has shelters for all who live there. Its almost the only part of the Swedish cold war civil defence system that still is being maintained.

    The fabric protection suit do seem to be a viable design for protection against flash burn, a weapons effect that cover a much larger area then prompt lethal radiation and overpreassure.

    • djn says:

      Indeed, this should work fine if you’re in the (rather large) area where the heat flash is the most immediate danger. Much like how duck & cover would probably have saved thousands upon thousands of people – there’s a large zone where being behind cover is the difference between death vs. being alive and (physically) unharmed. Besides, if the shockwave brings down the building, being under a desk helps; same idea as for earthquakes.

  17. voiceinthedistance says:

    As someone who spent a significant portion of first grade under my desk, honing my duck and cover skilz during the Cuban Missile Crisis . . . I’d prefer the desk.

    I wonder how well you would need to hold onto a wall to get a good seal, as the suit seems to depend on placement for maximum value? Perhaps a tube of quick setting caulk would be a helpful inclusion in the attache case.

    Wouldn’t it be charming, after a big blast, to see thousands of these suits clinging to walls like so many chitons or barnacles?

    • nehpetsE says:

      You just summed up perfectly what i was going to say.
      They very like unto a sad mechanical barnacles.

      all i can add is, if I had one, the first thing i’d do would be to have sex inside it.

      and try not to fart.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Iron Maiden? Excellent! *air guitar*

  19. fnc says:

    “Is there anything more revolting than this solitary, encapsulated, iron maidenesque survival sarcophagus and its promised hope of survivability?”

    Yes, as soon as you invoke Rule 34 on it.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Damn, the ones from Fallout aren’t portable. Bet the results are the same though.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I was 11 years old in 1958, so this is actually not the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. But I still think it makes the top ten.


  22. Garst says:

    I think I see a small crack that will leak radiation in!

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