In the 1950's, every American man, woman and child was constantly reminded of the fact that they were just a few seconds away from being vaporized by a nuclear fireball. At any moment, you would see the pulse of light and feel the blast-wave rip the flesh from your bones. Maybe, if you were lucky, you'd escape with just flash blindness, some thermal burns and permanent sterility. Either way, the mushroom cloud was always looming on the horizon.
It begins with teach explaning in graphic detail
their inevitable deaths what to expect in the event of a nuclear blast. In the picture above, the childrens' faces are turned away from us - I wonder what their expressions looked like. Sheer terror, maybe?
The teacher invites a guest from the Office of Civil Defense to speak to the class about
their impending doom the specifics regarding a nuclear attack. He assures the kids, "In addition to damage near the point of explosion, an unseen, unheard, odorless 'fallout' of radioactive material might endanger people at some distance from the blast!"..... How'd you like to hear that before recess?
Just in case you had any hope left at all, our friend from the Office of Civil Defense quickly squashes it.
Take home message: Start smoking, drink heavily and eat lots of red meat. We're all going out in a blaze of glory.