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May 14, 2011

Vintage Video: Rural Civil Defense Spots From 1965

Or How Marionettes Can Teach Us About Atomic Safety

By RetroRuth

While watching hilarious vintage commercials on the Internet Archive, I came across this great set of Civil Defense spots from the 1960’s that were made for rural areas and used creepy puppets to get the point across. They were so awesome, I just had to share.

My Favorite Lines:

“For more information, request ‘Your Livestock Can Survive Fallout From A Nuclear Attack’.”

“In an emergency, shelter your livestock. Then, take shelter yourself.”

“In the early periods of American History, every family had a survival plan. When a fire, flood or Indian attack came, everyone was prepared.”

“Getting a home shelter built is mighty important to your and your family.”

“When radioactive fallout drifts to the ground, it may look like very fine dust particles. These particles are only dangerous to living things.”

Watch for:

Cardboard animals

A puppet gazing into a crystal ball.

Hilarious pamphlets.

A taxidermied squirrel.

On a serious note, I think the spot about taking a first aid class and keeping a well-stocked first aid kit is something that we all should be doing right now! Maybe the government should start re-running that one…

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4 Responses to Vintage Video: Rural Civil Defense Spots From 1965

  1. sablemable Reply

    May 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

    It is hilarious, but on the serious side, what with all the weapons of mass destruction around in the world, it is a good idea to be prepared. Even in the 21st century, one can still get supplies and advice for nuclear fallout. I have a spot in my basement that is prepared just in case. Cement block construction, no windows and a protective curtain, plus provisions.

    Other than that, great post, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    May 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Those are SO awesome! And I think that puppet is about as clumsy as I am. This video really makes me wish that I had a basement.

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I don’t really know well hay would save you or your farm animals from mass destruction. 😉

    Sweet post Ruth!

  4. jamie in Hollywood Reply

    May 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    What a window into the past. Let’s hope these are things we can just shake our heads at and never really worry about. Being prepared is important, yes but can anyone ever be prepared for nuclear war? God have mercy! Thank you for the food for thought.

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