During the 1950s and 1960s, all sorts of civil defense educational films were made and released to try to teach people how to survive through (and after) a nuclear attack. And while most of us are familiar with the classic “duck and cover” films, there were so many more.
In this ten-minute reel showcasing a collection of these Civil Defense films, learn survival tips from a crudely made paper-mache marionette and the standard calm voice of every mid-20th century educational film. Some of the survival tips seem about as well thought-out as the puppet — for instance, I wasn’t aware that hay made an effective shield against ionizing radiation — but then again, I stopped taking physics classes after 12th grade, so what do I know? – AJW