Exploring A Canadian Nuclear Bunker

December 15th, 2011 | researchmaterial

Deb Chachra just pointed me at her photos from the Diefenbunker:

A four-story bunker, built during the Cold War as Canada’s communication and governance hub in the case of a nuclear attack on Ottawa. Now a museum.

It’s now a museum, with a website you can visit.  I love the retrotech stylings, as you can imagine, but the signage also fascinates me.  From this perspective, it’s the set dressing for a post-atomic comedy of manners.  Lots of people quietly and politely drinking their reconstituted Mil-Ko under an admonishing banner, trying to suppress the fallout-era social faux pas of just screaming and screaming.


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