“Hi kids, here’s a story about civil defense…”

“In 1957, Jim, Sally and their mother and father, are residents of disaster-prone Centerville. Not the least of their problems is a threatened nuclear attack. Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” only appears on the cover (lucky for him).

“At the back of the comic, there is a civil defense oriented crossword puzzle (e.g., what is an eight letter word for “640-1240 emergency broadcasting system” and a glossary (e.g., the definition of “fire storm.”)”

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All images and text drawn from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (OARU) Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection.