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Deathwing20 Nov 2012 9:25 a.m. PST

So I am going to kind of throw this one out there in no-poll form. What do you think is the most iconic nuclear or civil defense poster or book cover of the Cold War? I talking about the posters point to fallout shelters, from books, anything really. I'm working on an art project for something and was curious on what the consensus was. :)

Joey

coryfromMissoula Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 9:31 a.m. PST

The classic yellow one with the 3 triangles on the black circle and the words "Fallout Shelter".

On the other hand my son saw one of those on a building this summer and thought it was a sign for a videogame store.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 9:51 a.m. PST

Not strictly a poster or anything, but the Cold War 'item' that sticks in my mind is in the film Dr Strangelove – Slim Pickens, waving his cowboy hat as he rides an atom bomb out of a B52.

It just seems to sum up the madness of those years so well.

PistolPete20 Nov 2012 9:53 a.m. PST

don't forget the UK 'stay calm' poster.

Personal logo Martin Rapier Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 9:56 a.m. PST

The cover of the 'Protect and Survive' civil defence booklet? Has a particular resonance with some of us.

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Rubber Suit Theatre20 Nov 2012 10:01 a.m. PST

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darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 10:18 a.m. PST

*shudders*

Too many Cold War-era nuclear nightmares for me.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 10:38 a.m. PST

my son saw one of those on a building this summer and thought it was a sign for a videogame store

That's awesome! Like darthfozzywig I'm a child of the Cold War, and I like to think my kids will regard it as something quaint and old fashioned and rather than something that causes stomach-churning anxiety at it did periodically for me.

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jpattern2 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 10:47 a.m. PST

What Cory said. The classic three-triangle sign. Still gives me chills when I see one.

Personal logo vojvoda Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 11:38 a.m. PST

Got to be the standard civil defence sign.
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James Mattes

Tekawiz20 Nov 2012 12:34 p.m. PST

"Peace is our Profession" – Strategic Air Command

Frederick the not so great Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 12:47 p.m. PST

Words to live by.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 1:17 p.m. PST

I remember the Bert poster!

Rick

Mako1120 Nov 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

Don't recall seeing any posters, but do remember seeing the Fallout Shelter signs posted on the outside of larger government buildings.

Milites20 Nov 2012 2:52 p.m. PST

The map, in the New Statesman magazine, showing the likely nuclear targets in the UK, from memory we got three. Couple of nights later I woke in a cold sweat after a nightmare, where three mushroom clouds rose into the sky.

Hearing the sirens during a test and thinking, if I hear that again, within six months, my life would be over!

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 4:42 p.m. PST

Truer instructions were never writ.


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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 5:10 p.m. PST

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Tuudawgs Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2012 5:42 p.m. PST

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR CIVIL DEFENCE.

ON HEARING THE FIRST WARNING:

1. PROCEED TO THE NEAREST BUILDING.

2. STAY AWAY FROM LOOSE OBJECTS, AND DROP ALL GLASSES, BOOKS ETC. IN YOUR HANDS.

3. REMOVE SHARP OBJECTS, SUCH AS PENCILS AND KEYS, FROM YOUR POCKETS.

4. LOOSEN YOUR NECKTIE, UNBUTTON YOUR COAT AND REMOVE RESTRICTIVE ARTICLES OF CLOTHING.

5. REMOVE EYEGLASSES, EARRINGS, WATCHES AND OTHER JEWELRY.

6. UPON SEEING THE BRILLIANT FLASH OF A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION, BEND OVER AND PLACE YOUR HEAD FIRMLY BETWEEN YOUR LEGS.

7. THEN KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE.

Deathwing20 Nov 2012 8:06 p.m. PST

Thanks all. Interesting take and the amount of diversity.

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