The last home you'll ever own (?)
Houses for the Atomic Age! trumpets this 1955 ad. But are they referring to the sleek, geometric styling of era? Not exactly.
The blast-resistant house design is based on principals learned at Hiroshima and Nagasaki...a rigidly integrated house that the engineers calculate will resist blast pressures 40% closer to bursts than conventionally built houses.
A special shelter has been provided in the basement to protect occupants from blast pressures expected at distances as close as 3,600 feet from ground zero of a bomb with an explosive force equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT...affords protection from radiation, fire and flying debris as well.
...was the looming specter of atomic cataclysm.
(Lest we forget, the whole purpose of the federal interstate system was to enable mass evacuation of cities in the event of...well, you know.)