Oregon Trail

The posts on this blog have thus far been about weird and funny education videos from the 30’s to the 70’s. This makes sense as I stated that this blog would be about funny vintage educational films. However, I thought it’d be fun to jump to my own 1990’s early education. And so without further ado, I give you: The Oregon Trail!!!


So cool, right? In the 80’s somewhat got the idea that kids didn’t actually pay attention to educational films shown in class, and so the solution was to make an interactive education film using the new computer technology. Granted, the computer technology was at the level you see below, but it still sounded great on paper!


The original idea was to create a virtual recreation of the hardships of the Oregon Trail for children’s edutainment. Which Microsoft Word actually recognizes as a word. You start out in Independence, Missouri (see Hillary, I told you I’d visit Missouri) where you have to stock up on supplies and name all your fellow travelers. You were supposed to get a good combination of persons with jobs that had desirable skill sets and helpful rations, but no one wanted to spend too much time on this part of the game because, let’s face it, this is the most boring part. What you really did if you were in my fourth grade class was stock up on tons of bullets so you could go hunting (which, with arcade-like graphics, was one of the highlights of the game) and name the people in your wagon after your best friends and worst enemies.


Then you started on your way. The hardships you faced included making difficult decisions like: To you caulk the wagon and float, ford the river (whatever that means), drive through it, or pay money for a ferry (Pshhh, too practical). Of course, no matter what, you’re more likely than not to fall in the river and lose all of your supplies. This is a good opportunity to note the disparate graphics you see in these pictures. For whatever reason, the makers of the game occasionally updated the quality of the graphics (God knows why, the terrible graphics are part of the fun, there’s even t-shirts of them now!) so I displayed examples from the earliest version of the game as well as the version of my childhood.


And then there’s hunting. Like I said, basically a shooter game. You hunt forever, no matter how many bullets you waste or how many warnings you get that you’ll “make game scarce if you keep hunting here.” In the end, you shoot up 500 pounds of meet, but are only able to carry 50 with you. So you leave the rest. Good job. Treating animals (and people, but that’s to come) horribly is necessary for the game. If you want to make it all the way to Oregon then you have to go at a “strenuous pace” that will kill the animals but get you to Oregon before too many people die off. And oh do they die off.


The hardships people face on the trail include snakebites, broken limbs, and a number of hilarious diseases, including


and


and everybody’s favorite:


Of course, you could stop so that the sick could rest or receive medical attention (or you could’ve bought that medical supplies at the general store). But you didn’t and you don’t You truck through. This is where naming all the characters after your friends and enemies pays off. Because you get notes like this:

“Burying and mourning the dead…Zeke got sick and died.”

There is divine punishment for your thoughtless ways, you probably won’t make it to Oregon either. Many a game have ended with this final, educational, statement:

“Everyone in your party has died. Many wagons fail to make it all the way to Oregon.”

The End. See you next week.

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Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence


Welcome to 1953’s “Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence.” I didn’t quite know what I was going to make of this video. The 1953 date had me expecting some politically incorrect hilarity, while the use of the word “social” made me expect some enlightened sociology. What I ended up getting was a mixed bag.


Well, I was hopeful for some enlightened sociology with the fact that it’s based on a book by someone with a doctorate. Very surprisingly, the person with a doctorate is a woman. This is unique for the era. That the film announces this in its opening titles is all the more unique. I was very hopeful for a forward-thinking film at this point.


Well, so far so good. Very sociological (my major makes me biased for anything that smells like sociology, nerdy, I know). Still, that the conversation is even about sex at all is forward for the age, right?


Mary: “When [the baby] comes mommy can I help to take care of it?”

Narrator: “The idea of child birth was made natural and normal to young Mary”.

Ok, some minor enforcing of gender roles at an early age, but I’ll buy it for now. Whether or not the “mothering instinct” is natural is still debated. Those curls, however, are undeniably unnatural and disturbing. I like that both parents in this movie are portrayed as forward with their children on matters of sexual reproduction. That is certainly forward for the age. Compare this scene to the opening of “Spring Awakening,” where sex and childbirth are dirty, nasty, taboo subjects.


“Bob’s mother was a widow, despite this, she was determined that Bob have a healthy knowledge of sex…and when he was older still, she was pleased and proud to see that he fit in with well with the boys, in fact, when he was ten, he actually stopped playing with girls.”

Oh, we start out well again with the ahead-of-their-time attitudes on single mothers and sex education and then BAM we’re hit with gender roles again. Boys are meant to play sports. And only play with other boys so that they can be cocky and manly (actually a paraphrase of later narration). God forbid the boy grow up seeing girls as equals; he might turn out gay or something.


“Mary developed a strong, sudden friendship with Lucille Williams…they were inseparable. To Mary’s mother it seemed unnatural, this continual intimacy, this concentration of affection”

And the homophobia becomes overt. Still, homosexual attraction is being portrayed at all. That in-and-of itself is pretty rare. Of course, Mary’s mom fears it. Why not, everyone else in this era did.


“Next there was a crush on Ethel Hampton, senior girls tennis champion…it was a transition stage…to the next stage of falling in love with a boy.”

Between Lucille and Ethel and all the pictures on the wall, Mary seems like a lesbian to me. I don’t know about you all, it’s just a sneaking suspicion I have. Of course, this 1950’s Freudian psychobabble (yea, I’m going to distance this from sociology now, deal with it) portrays Mary’s lesbianism as a passing phase. I pity all the young lesbians of this era.


“He knew about the reproductive organs and nocturnal emissions, he also knew about masturbation…One day when Bob was sixteen, it became apparent that his interest in girls was beginning to be more than…casual”

Well, I officially don’t believe that this film was meant for kids. Really Bob? Also, nocturnal emissions – *snicker* *snicker* Awkwardly enough that is Bob’s mom viewing the results of Bob’s artistic creativity demeaning attitude towards women. Like I said before, maybe he’d have more respect for women as human beings if he wasn’t denied their company in key development years, just saying.


Bob: “Hello? Oh hi Ken, how are ya? Oh she’s ok, but I can do better than her, she’s going around with Dave anyway, well let him keep her. Well I could I just didn’t want to. Well so what? I have better prospects than her anyway, you should see the one I’m seeing tonight.”

Well, I thought the drawing demeaned women. Yup, sorry girls – you’re objects to be traded amongst men. And yes that is Bob’s mom creeping in the corner of the picture. No, she does not confront Bob about his dirty picture, his treatment of women as objects, or those pesky nocturnal emissions. The movie ends with about 10 minutes about these teens dating. And they date a new person every night, each night of the weekend. They can’t even remember the names of their dates. This dating everyone in your high school is portrayed as healthy, but it seems extremely over the top for me. It’s like they don’t do ANYTHING else.


Anyway, to sum up the end: Bob and Mary are “happily wed” in the view of their parents – although I think they’re destined for fifty years of unhappiness where Bob cheats and gets STDs because Mary is apparently frigid but really a repressed lesbian. Yay fun! So much for this movie’s original promises of enlightened thinking. Here’s the link if you want to join in on the party: http://www.archive.org/details/SocialSe1953

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Dating Do’s and Don’ts


The 1949 instructional video “Dating Do’s And Don’ts” is the oldest we’ve seen on this blog thus far. And gee willickers it’s pretty swell! I thought it’d be a nice change from child murders, atomic warfare, and dead kids. As this blog is for my sociological class, I thought we could take a look at the gender roles that are being socialized into children through this instructional video, with the assumption that the roles are natural. Just kidding.


Woody: One couple, that means a date. Not like just going around with a crowd, just me and a girl. Well that’s alright, only…what girl? Who?

Yay! You can define the “word date”! And so we meet Woody, not the cowboy toy from “Toy Story,” just a young teen with a highly unfortunate nickname. No wonder he needs help with dating. And no, I’m not just saying that cause of the unibrow he’s sporting in the top picture. Luckily, we have our pre-second wave feminism narrator to dole out politically incorrect dating advice!


Narrator: How do you choose a date? Whose company would you enjoy? Well one thing you can consider is looks.

A yes, start with the nitty gritty. None of that deep, meaningful “do you like her” crap. We don’t care about girls’ souls or brains here. Let’s get to what really matters: “is she hot?”


Narrator: Woody thought of Janet and how good looking she was. He’d really have to rate to date someone like her. Yes he’d enjoy that, except, well it’s too bad Janet’s always acted to superior and forward. She’d make a fella feel awkward and inferior. Well perhaps someone who doesn’t feel superior.

Oh no, we can’t have a girl who thinks that she’s better than any guys! Castrator! Only men are allowed to be superior! Women are supposed to be demure, damnitt! And “forward”? “Forward”!!!! What is she, one of those “easy” girls that mother warned me about? I bet she even speaks without being spoken to first!


Narrator: What about Anne? She knows how to have a good time. And how to make the fella with her relax and have fun to. Yea, that’s what a boy likes, he wants to know he’s appreciated, Anne would be fun on a date.

From the looks of the screen cap above Anne definitely knows how to have a good time and how to make a fella “relax.” She’d be fun indeed. That’s exactly what the boys like, being appreciated. Granted Woody hasn’t done anything to be appreciated for, but by God he shall be appreciated by his woman!


How do you ask for a date? Well, Woody will show us how to and how not to do it.


Woody: Hi Anne, whatcha doin’ Saturday night?
Anne: Well I…I guess I’m busy
Woody: Oh yea, well any chance of givin’ him the push off for me?
Anne: Well of all the nerve!

But I thought women liked me who were forward! Well, Woody will have to play sensitive to get what he wants.

Woody: Anne? This is Woody, well I have a ticket for the carnival Saturday, would you like to go?
Anne: Why yes Woody, I’ll have to talk to my folks about it, but I think I can go, that’ll be fun! (after hanging up, looking longingly in the distance) A date with Woody! Saturday!

See, if you pretend like she has a choice, she suddenly thinks of you with longing eyes! Anyone else vomit when Anne’s first words were “I’ll have to talk to my folks about it,”? Cause I did. I can’t handle the sickly saccharine 1949speak. By the way, Anne’s face pictured above is her happy-reaction-face. Yeah.


“Annoying Kid Sister with Pig-Tails” aka Judy: What’ll you do? Go to some fancy place for dinner?
Anne: No silly, were going to the carnival, and then he’ll bring me home.
Judy: Oh that doesn’t sound fun.

I’m with Annoying Kid Sister with Pig-Tails on this one.

Anne:…I think the important thing about a date is to have a good time, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to do that…and you leave your boyfriend enough money so he’ll ask you again.

A yes, girl-no-make-money, girl-too-busy-making-babies-and-clean-house. Man- provider. Many-pay-all. Man-have-control-of-man’s’-dominion.

Judy: My! you’ll be out late!
Anne: Oh not particularly late, mom and dad and I have an agreement about what time to come in!

Vomit. Seriously.


So Anne and Woody have their date. Woody never achieves his namesake. Poor Woody. As he drops Anne off at her house (promptly on time) we see some possible ways for him to say goodnight.


Apparently attacking the girl is the wrong way to say goodnight, who knew? Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post. Here’s the link: http://www.archive.org/details/DatingDo1949

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Girls Beware


And here is “Girls Beware,” the companion piece to Sid Davis’ “Boys Beware” (the subject of my previous blog post). Also made in 1961, this video tells girls about the dangers of predatory males. Unsurprisingly, the message given to girls is not one of fighting back against predators, but of avoiding contact with men. Girls are assumed to be victims in these segments, making me once again question the merits of this era of infinite nostalgia. The first segment involves a girl named Judy who goes in a car with a man who answered her baby-sitting ad.


“By midnight Mrs. Miller was really worried. She phoned the police and was transferred to juvenile. I took the necessary information and told her we’d do everything we could. She’d have to try to be patient and wait. The waiting lasted almost a week. Then the report came in: Judy’s body had been found on a lonely desert road.”

The man Judy got in the car with seems to be the same tux-wearing gentlemen who preyed on one of the boys in “Boys Beware.” Soooo beware of tuxes, I guess.


“The most difficult part of my job is bringing bad news to parents. You can never find the right words to tell a mother her daughter had been murdered.”

And the mother doesn’t seem to be able to find the right reaction. She goes from the face seen above, directly to the one seen below. Alternate murder theory: Judy wasn’t attacked by a predator after all. This was an elaborate scheme cooked up by a mother who cannot act as well as she can scheme!


“In itself, there’d been no wrong about advertising for a job, but it led her to trust a person she knew nothing about, a mentally sick person who used her innocent ad as an introduction to his act of violence.”

So while the “homosexual” predator of “Boys Beware” suffered from a “contagious sickness,” this predator is merely “mentally ill.” Notice how he is not constantly referred to as “THE heterosexual!” Sid Davis’ ridiculous conflation of child molester and gay in “Boys Beware” becomes even more ridiculous when a man who preys on girls is given no label at all.


“Friendships are easily made in a crowded theater and when two older boys struck up a conversation and moved next to them, they were secretly pleased.”

Friendships are made in a crowded theater by the jerks who talk to each other in a crowded theater. Seriously, just shhhhh! The entire melodrama to follow could have been avoided if these people weren’t rude enough to talk in the middle of a movie. Just saying. So the blonde girl is named Sally and the reserved looking brunette is named Elizabeth. Because Sid Davis is not at all above stereotypes, guess which one is going to go off alone with the boys?


“When they arrived at ‘Look-Out Peak’ she was frightened, but she tried to convince herself nothing was wrong.”

As in “Boys Beware,” we are once again watching Sid Davis blame the victim. The “easy and willing” blonde girl gets herself into trouble by going off with two men. By being excited about the attention that the boys were paying her, she brought rape upon herself. Sally is later found “walking dazedly,” and it is implied that she will never recover from the experience. Telling girls that they will always be victims after such an experience? Really Sid Davis? Sally doesn’t try to escape or fight back, she simply tries to tell herself that everything is ok. Not the reaction I would want to present to young girls. Where’s Buffy when you need her?


“Robert frequented the malt shop in his spare time which was considerable because he had finished high school and he didn’t work. Here he sought out young teenagers because he wasn’t accepted by his own age group.”

Aww shucks, you kind of feel sorry for Robert after that description of him. He’s less of a predator and more of a dunce. The eye of his affections is named Mary, and she enters into a consenting relationship with Robert. Why this segment makes a big deal out of the fact that Robert is older, I don’t know. What follows could happen to anyone in any age group. It almost seems to give the false notion that only older guys will pressure girls.


“They began to go to secluded places and their relationships became more intimate.”

Yes, there is a suggestive pan to the tree tops as the young lovers make out. Not to be clichéd, or anything.


“Then Mary found she was in trouble and had to tell her parents…Mary had to be taken out of school and placed under the supervision of juvenile authorities…Too many young girls are flattered by the attention of older boys…who demand to much of a relationship.”

Again, Sid Davis is harping on older boys as the only source of such situations. Also, you got to love the transition from making out to pregnant. Do not make out, you will get pregnant and die. And by the way, girls have no agency: she was flattered and had a baby thrust upon her – no culpability. It’s like girls are assumed to be asexual and undesiring of s-e-x. And yes, back in these enlightened days girls would’ve been placed under “juvenile authorities” for getting pregnant. Wonderful times. Well that’s all for this week, got any suggestions for next week? Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.archive.org/details/girls_beware

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Boys Beware

And we’re back to Sid Davis Productions, the company that brought you the first video that I blogged about: “Live and Learn.” It’s 1961 and our old pal Sid decided to make a film on one of the great dangers to children today: the homosexual! Now granted, a lot of the information provided can be useful in teaching children to avoid child predators. I don’t deny that. But the use of the word homosexual to describe child molesters is wildly offensive. To call this video outdated doesn’t even begin to cover it. But let’s go through it.


“It looks innocent enough, doesn’t it? Lots of young people hitchhike; it seems like a good way to get from one place to another.”

Oh yea, a children’s education video that begins by describing the merits of hitch-hiking. Sid is off to a good start. The message here isn’t “don’t hitch-hike,” but instead “don’t get in a car with a homosexual.”


“When Jimmy got out the stranger gave him a friendly pat.”

Ok, so I understand that we enjoy referring to the Eisenhower/Kennedy years as “more innocent times,” but really Jimmy? Really? First you hitch-hike, then the guy pats you on the back in an uber-creepy way, And then you continue to hang out with him? Do you not have any survival skills? I would never blame the victim, but I can still call him a dumbass.


“What Jimmy didn’t know was that Ralph was sick; a sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious; a sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual: a person who demands an intimate relationship with members of their own sex.”

Wooh. So where do we start? First of all: Jimmy, I give up on you. The guy takes you to a secluded place and shows you pornographic pictures and you’re still not running. Secondly, homosexuality as a “contagious sickness?” I can’t totally hate on Sid Davis for that. The American Psychiatric Association classified homosexuality as a mental disorder (not a disease, Sid) until 1973. No evidence has ever been presented that homosexuality is “contagious.” Finally, the use of the word “demands” is highly problematic. Yes, gays seek intimate relationships with persons of their own sex – but not forcibly or with a focus on children. Those would be rapists and child molesters.


“Ralph was generous and took Jimmy many interesting places and did many nice things for him. He brought presents and even gave him money. But payments were expected in return.”

Yup, that’s a hand-grab.


“Finally Jimmy told his parents, and they reported it to the juvenile authorities. Ralph was arrested and Jimmy was released on probation on the custody of his parents.”

Hmm. Remember our mini discussion about blaming the victim earlier? Sid Davis has it covered. Jimmy is let out on probation for being the victim of a predator. These “more innocent times” were messed up.


“But not all homosexuals are passive, some resort to violence as in the case of Mike Merritt.”

Sid Davis’ blatant lack of knowledge on homosexuality is made hilariously apparent in his use of the word “passive” here. Also, notice the great visual metaphor he achieves here with the ball going in the hoop (and in an earlier segment involving mini golf).

“The companionship, the praise, the friendly attitude dispelled any misgivings Mike might have had about going with a stranger. He probably never realized until too late that he was riding in the shadow of death, but sometime that evening, Mike Merritt exchanged his life for a newspaper headline.”

More awkward hands on shoulders, more of Sid Davis’ melodramatic dialogue. Shocking.


“A good restroom can often be a hangout for the homosexual.”

LMAO. Historically gays were known to meet for consenting encounters in restrooms when homosexuality was far less accepted (such as 1961), but this sentence cannot be taken seriously.


“One never knows when a homosexual is about. He may appear normal and it may be too late when you discover he is mentally ill.”

So that was Sid Davis’ “Boys Beware.” I read somewhere that a conservative church group was attempting to gather the funds to remake it. I really hope it doesn’t happen. I can’t handle being more offended. Here’s think link for those interested: http://www.archive.org/details/boys_beware

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Protect and Survive – Casualties

Two posts in one weekend? Am I in an especially generous mood? Or am I making up for the lack of posts I made while in London for Spring Break? We can pretend it’s the latter. Speaking of London, (as I said in my last post) the below wartime propaganda poster is very popular in England for some hipster-ish ironic reason.


Because of this poster, and the fact that it’s cool enough that even I bought a postcard of it, I decided blog about the visually similar public service announcement series “Protect and Survive.” This episode is entitled “Casualties.” No one else seems to have seen the irony in a segment entitled “Casualties” in a series that has the word “survive” in its title.


Each episode of the series begins with what I am sure was the comforting image of the type of mushroom cloud created by nuclear explosion. As with the previous blogged on American video, “Duck and Cover” this series used fear as a means of control of the population. If you doubt me, just look at the name of this short; it’s all about death. The video itself goes into the topic in great detail.


“After an attack is over and the all-clear has been sounded…If anyone dies while you are kept in the fall-out room, move the body into another room in the house…”


Anyone uncomfortable about the idea of handling your deceased loved ones? Too bad, because we’re all about it in this video. Of course, I’m not sure why some persons in a fallout shelter would be deceased and others wouldn’t, but apparently the British government thought it likely enough to make a video all about it. By the way, how many rooms do these fallout shelters have? Do I need to consider a temporary funeral parlor (sorry, parlour, we are being British today) when building my home?


“…label the body with name and address, and cover it as tightly as possible in polythene paper, sheets or blankets, and tie a second card to the covery.”

It was Colonel Mustard, in the fallout shelter, with the nuclear weapon! Sorry, I had to. You must admit there is a certain level of fun to these colorful images. Anyway, I’m not sure what polythene paper is, but I do know that I would not want to give up the assumedly few blankets in a fallout shelter to someone who definitely does not need them. Also, why the double-label? In case you forgot which body is which? Again, grim.


“The radio will advise what to do about taking the body away for burial.”

Again, comforting to know that the radio, assumedly my only connection to the outside world, will be broadcasting non-stop funeral directions. That’s animated radio waves that your looking at, in case you didn’t read my last post about this series. This is the extent of the animation in this series.


“If, however, you have had a body in the house for more than 5 days…”

I know my dark sense of humor might fool one into think that I cannot be grossed out, but this is gross even for me to think about.


“…if it safe to come outside, then you should bury the body for the time being in a trench or cover it with earth, and mark the spot of the burial.”

Dump it in a trench or cover it with some dirt? In the backyard? Really? That’s the best advise her majesty’s government could give?


I don’t know about this, guys. This whole series seems pretty ridiculous (and gruesome). Then again, it is certainly no more ridiculous than its American counterpart, “Duck and Cover.” Despite the bright colors and simple cartoons, the short only permits one to feel fear and discomfort. Even the final visual (below) is accompanied by uneasy music that sounds like the love child of the “Twilight Zone” theme and the “Inception” soundtrack. Anyway, see you next week with some more videos from our old pal Sid Davis (who made the first video I blogged about, “Live and Learn”


Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_casualties.htm

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Protect and Survive – Action After Warnings

While many of the propaganda-esque educational videos that I have reviewed on this blog are relatively obscure today, WWII era propaganda actually become popular in the UK after this poster was rediscovered in 2000:


Its Orwellian message never caught on, but today there are many popular variations on it. My friend that I visited has a pink version that reads “Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes.” In honor of my recent trip to London over Spring Break, I decided to review the British equivalent to “Duck and Cover,” which I reviewed earlier on this blog (On a slightly unrelated note, check out my facebook to see how beautiful London and Oxford truly are). This particular video was part of a series of Cold War Era shorts telling one what to do in case of Nuclear Disaster.


The series was entitled “Protect and Survive,” and this particular episode is called “Action After Warnings.” It seems to be the program’s style to take still photographs, add silly garish animation to them, and allow the posh narrator to do all of the scaring.


“A warning may come quite unexpectedly… if an attack is imminent you will hear the attack sound like this [sirens]. So take cover at once. Send your young children to the fall-out room and then go quickly and turn off the gas and the electricity at the mains. Close down stoves, damp down fires, shut windows and draw curtains. Then go to your fall-out room and stay there.”


Really is drawing the curtains really going to affect your chances at surviving a nuclear attack? Or is it just good manners to close the curtains when one does not intend to receive visitors so as to give off the appearance of not being home? I wonder. Also, in case you were confused, the red lines that look like a sideways Georgia O’Keefe painting (hehe) are visuals of the sirens sounding. Another semi-related side-note: “The Vagina Monologues,” which have far more educational value than any of the “educational” videos that I am posting on here, are being performed on the 7, 8, 10th of April at FCLC and you should go. Now here’s some less vaginal visualized siren sounds:


Isn’t that trippy? It is 1975 after all. Each different cartoon visual corresponds with a different siren. I’m told taking LSD isn’t that different. I wonder who in the government came up with this video… Anyway, the imagery might help you understand that a siren is going off if you’re deaf and watching this video, but will it really help you in a real-life nuclear attack? I think not. By the way, sirens aren’t the only intangible phenomena that get visualized, here’s what cartoon nuclear fallout looks like for the kiddies at home:


“You should now move yourself and your family to the safest area in your fall-out room, that is, you should get inside your inner refuge and stay there. After 2 days the danger from fall-out will get less, but don’t take any risks by contact with it. The longer you stay in your refuge the better it will be for you.”

I really hope some tiny British kid saw his first snow and freaked out because he thought it was the nuclear fallout pictured above. And wait, the quote says that your fall-out room is supposed to have an “inner refuge,”? Who does that? I cannot believe that all English households had a fall-out room, much less an inner refuge. Also, the quote never tells you when to come out of your refuge. I don’t know about your moms, but my mom would freak out and just never let us leave based on that advice. Governmental control via fear has been a common theme throughout this blog, and continues in this video.


“If there is no solid cover, lie flat in a ditch or a hole and cover your head, face and hands as fast as you can with some of your clothes.”


“If you hear the fall-out warning, seek the nearest and best cover as quickly as you can, but before entering the building or cover, brush or shake-off any fall-out dust you may have picked up and get rid of it. Change your outer clothing if you can and stay under cover.”

Once again, brushing off dust? Changing outfits? Are we being safe or just trying to remain polite in the face of nuclear disaster. I think the British stiff upper lip and message of “keep calm and carry on” have been taken to an extreme here.


“When the all-clear sounds…it means that you are safe from attack or fall-out for the time being and you can go out again. But keep listening for further warnings or your radio for further advice.”

Everything’s ok but…stay scared! You never know! Ahhhh! By the way, the illustration below is meant to show the “all clear” siren. While its visual form is a different color from the visual form of the scary warning sirens, it actually doesn’t sound any different from those. Again, my mom simply wouldn’t let us leave, just to play it safe.


And here’s the link! http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_warnings.htm

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