In 1951, shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing, the US Federal government’s Civil Defense started producing a series of films and pamphlets destined to children and school.
The “Duck and Cover” public awareness campaign (written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions) was produced at the apex of nuclear paranoia, as nuclear war could happen at any time, without warning, and people should be ready to act as a consequence.
Yet, there was a lot of controversy on the real usefulness of the instructions.
Watch the film on Archive.org
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Images found on 16sparrow‘s Flickr stream.