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The House In The Middle (1954)

Streaming Video - 2010
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This Prelinger Archives film presents a 1954 civil defense test demonstrating "atomic heat's effects on American homes." Miniature houses are built in the Nevada desert and exposed to atomic blasts. "What do these tests prove?" asks the optimistic narrator. "Many things!" Viewers are encouraged to practice "civil defense housekeeping"--keeping the yard neat and giving the house a fresh coat of paint, evoking the corporate purpose behind the film, which was created under the auspices of the National Paint, Varnish, and Lacquer Association. No information on health concerns or personal safety during a nuclear attack is included, however. National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association, for the National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1954
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (12 min.) :,sd., col
Alternative Title: House in Middle (1954)


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