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The Atomic Age

  1953 Speech | Film [circa early 1950s] | 1955 Stamp
  1957 Booklet | 1958-59 Seal

Watching an atomic explosion.

Let's Face It (13:32)

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Film [circa early 1950s]: "Let's Face It"

The U.S. Congress created the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) in 1951 as a response to the Soviet Union's atomic bomb tests two years earlier. Civil Defense provided information to citizens on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.

"Let's Face It," one of a series of films produced by FCDA, explains the importance of preparedness and illustrates the types of tests that were being conducted at the Nevada Proving Grounds, just 65 miles from Las Vegas. Houses, factories, cars, trains -- even forests -- were constructed on the proving grounds so that the effect of an atomic bomb could be documented.

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