Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Facts" About Fallout Protection

In rifling through some of my great-grandpa's old sermons, I found one delivered at Williamsville United Methodist Church (the church where I grew up) dated December 9, 1945—just a few short months after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan—entitled "Atomic Power." In the sermon, my grandpa preaches about the need for kinship and unity of humankind, so that such a catastrophic event might never take place again.

Many of his sermon folders include supplemental materials in them—presumably materials that he used in various sermon illustrations. Included in this folder was a government-published pamphlet entitled, "Facts About Fallout Protection," published April 1958 by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. I hope you are as amused by its antiquated "facts" and illustrations ("Radioactivity Is Nothing New!: The Whole World Is Radioactive!") as I was.

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