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This 1962 book gave all the details of building and stocking a fallout shelter underground. Most shelters, however, were built in the basements of homes.

Fallout shelters were the rage in the '50s and '60s

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In the 1950s and early 1960s, the buzz word in American homes was "fallout shelter."

A fallout shelter was a civil defense initiative intended to reduce casualties in a nuclear war. It was designed to allow occupants to avoid exposure to harmful radioactive fallout from a nuclear blast and its likely aftermath of radiation until radioactivity dropped to a safer level.

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