Vintage photos from the last time Americans faced the threat of nuclear war via Business Insider


Below, take a look at how Americans dealt with the threats of the Cold War during the 1950s and ’60s — the last time nuclear war felt dangerously close.

In 1951, President Truman created the Federal Civil Defense Administration, which provided educational materials for schools about how to deal with a nuclear attack. Here, at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Baltimore, students kneel in the hallway during an air-raid drill.

In the ’50s, New York City spent $159,000 on 2.5 million identification bracelets for children to wear. Here, a sixth-grade class in Queens, New York, practices the duck-and-cover drill.


Testing also happened in Nevada to determine people’s chances of survival following an atomic attack. Here, mannequins are placed 4,700 feet away from a bomb test in Yucca Flats, Nevada.

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