So what’s beneath the metal door in the backyard, dad?
A Cold War-era bomb shelter, a.k.a. a bunker, sounds like something from a black and white industrial film from the 1950s or ’60s.
Clean cut, perpetual necktie-wearing fathers and pearl wearing homemakers in suburbia built basements that allegedly protected them and their loved ones from nuclear fallout. Within the walls of their shelter they’d stock canned goods, water, first aid supplies and . . . comic books.
And, while no one really wanted to encounter an emergency of the nuclear kind, they probably secretly wished they could escape to their underground sanctuary.
They had, after all, put their favorite non-perishables down there: fruit cocktail with artificially colored red cherry halves, Spam, Tang instant orange drink, Van Camps Pork n Beans (with that single fatty, yellow blob representing the pork), bottled water, Necco candies, Bazooka bubble gum, Band-aid brand bandages and Mercurochrome.
Here’s a piece about a family who belatedly opened the bunker in their backyard, and the treasures they uncovered.
h/t: Universal Free Press
A Wisconsin family who had been living in their home for over a decade, knew the whole time that there was a hidden metal door in the ground in the backyard, but somehow were never tempted to open it and see what was inside or where it led to. Until one day, after all these years, they decided to crack open the metal hatch and discover the mystery behind the door.
The Zwick family were stunned to find out that this was the entrance to a Cold War-era fallout shelter buried right there, in their backyard. A ladder led them down into a bunker, which was a treasure trove, chock full of interesting items from the past.
It was finally time to find out what that metal door was hiding.
The heavy steel hatch opened up to reveal an 8ft by 10ft bunker.
[A] ladder led down to the bunker which was filled with water and boxes.
The shelter’s previous owner packed away food and snacks for their stay underground.
“It was all of what you would expect to find in a 1960’s fallout shelter. It was food, clothing, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries – items that you would want to have in a shelter if you planned to live there for two weeks.”
The vintage products were the best part of the discovery.
The family donated all of the items to the Neenah Historical Society.
The vault in their yard was a giant time capsule.
The home had previously been owned by Frank Pansch, a local surgeon. The shelter was built two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960’s. During this time of unrest, many Americans prepared themselves for nuclear warfare.
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