JF Ptak Science Books Post 282
This anti-CYAG plump-piece comes to us by virtue of the helpful folks at LIFE magazine in their issue of 18 August 1950. The article"Atomic Handbook is a Best-Seller/New Government manual tells what will happen and what to do if A-bombs fall on U.S. cities".
But what excellent material to work with when multi (multi) megatons come raining down from over the Pole.
Here are the helpful hints that were being sold to the American public in a family magazine:
1) If there is nothing to hide in, put your face in the crack where the sidewalk and a building meet, and put your attache case over your head. Too bad the case wasn't bigger--like a few tons of lead and concrete. Make sure the metal clasp is facing out, rather than in, otherwise it will fuse with your skull, if there was any skull left.
2) So, if you're hanging up the laundry in the backyard when the bombs go off, get into a
trench (that just happens to be there in the middle of the yard) and cover your head with a sheet "to protect you from heat" ("if your drying laundry is within reach"). I hope that its an Oxford double weave.
3) (Illustrated below.) Find a doorway to hide in, and hope that you're not within two miles of the blast, otherwise you're a part of the rubble.
4) (Illustrated below.) If you're within two feet of a tree, hide behind it. Honestly The warning is for two feet: if you're three feet away, you might be toast. That's the message.
5) (Illustrated below.) Crawl under a table and cover yourself with the table cloth to "ward off glass splinters". That was a real suggestion. Somehow the cotton of tablecloths and linens and such had magical anti-glass and heat-reductive power brought on only during a nuclear holocaust.
The trick to all of this is to put yourself fifty years into the future and try to look back at whatever these LIFE images might be here in 2008.