Original images here.
I am not sure having a rat-like figure as your patriotic icon is the best choice of imagery.
Here is a little background on the character, from this source.
Tuck your kids into bed with the "Atom Blanket" and you know they'll be safe from surprise nuclear attacks!
Atom Blanket: An American blanket manufacturer is widely publicizing this lead-lined model ($49.50), said to shield wearers from atomic radiation, fire, and shock 10 miles from blast center. Civil-defense experts have not changed their view that basement shelters are more effective.
- Apr 26, 1954
Note: Although Newsweek claimed this blanket was widely publicized, I haven't been able to find any references to it in papers and magazines from the 1950s -- beyond the reference in Newsweek itself. Perhaps it was advertised in trade publications that have never been scanned and placed online.
First of all, there's actually such a thing as a Civil War Nurse Barbie. (But no Civil War Soldier Ken, featuring horrific battle injuries).
Second, it's been pointed out in a number of places (such as here
) that the doll is historically inaccurate. So it teaches kids bad history.
, Superintendent of Female nurses, famously set strict guidelines for all Union nurses: "They were required to be between 35-50 years old and plain-looking. [No attractive young nurses!] They were to dress in black or brown dresses and were not allowed to wear jewelry of any kind."
This is what an actual Civil War nurses' uniform looked like, complete with bloodstains:
Unlike the Union, the Confederates didn't have a nurses organization that defined what nurses should wear. But Confederate nurses tended to dress in simple, plain dresses, because that was practical.
Roger Fisher on how to prevent nuclear war. From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
, Mar 1981.
Judy the dog
survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend
Original article here.
In 1930 we learn, from no less an authority than the founder of the Boy Scouts, about this macabre prescient bird corpse.
A followup article the same year
explains more, and gives the owner's name.
Then after four years, the hawk crops up again.
Original article here.
Since then, nothing. I wonder what ever became of this talisman?
It's important to continue to be a fashion leader, even when hiding in an air raid shelter.
Source: The Valley Morning Star
- Apr 30, 1941.
What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.