The Cold War was a scary time — it seemed like at any moment nuclear Armageddon would be rained down upon us by the Soviet Union, and no doubt they thought the same about us.

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

Duck, cover… and use hay


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