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During the cold war, tensions rose considerably in the early 1960's, resulting in the increased construction of nuclear fallout shelters. Along with these shelters, supplies were needed such as food, water, bathroom supplies, etc. Below is one example of the food supplies, a fully sealed cracker (biscuit) tin from 1962. 

Fallout shelter food supplies came in the form of crackers, biscuits, bulgar wafers and carbohydrate supplement (hard candy). The shelter program goal was to stock 10,000 calories total per shelteree for the designated 2 week shelter stay. That amounted to a 700 calorie per day food supply to each "shelteree. "





Image of a municipal building basement where the crackers had been stored for decades. 


Contemporary image of the cracker tin on the right. 

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