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2011.119.2.1-.7 (RS199454)

Description

Seven cans of Emergency Drinking Water [.1-.7], Cylindrical metal can, painted gray green with black painted labels.

Details

Label
In response to the heightened anxiety of the Cold War, the government authorized the Federal Civil Defense Administration to teach people how to prepare for a nuclear assault. The agency's instructions focused on suburban households, believing that nuclear attacks would be aimed at cities where there would be few survivors. Suburban homeowners were encouraged to build bomb shelters in their basements or backyards, and to fill them with enough food to feed the family for at least two weeks. These supplies, including a nutritious mixture of raisins, peanuts and dried apples, called pemmican, were stored in a shelter in the basement of a home in Wayland, Massachusetts, in a box marked “In case of: Atomic Warfare or Hurricanes."
Maker
MacDonald-Bernier Co. (Manufacturer)
Date
1955-1965
Inscriptions
"U.S. COAST GUARD / APPROVAL NO. 160.026/28/0. / EMERGENCY / DRINKING / WATER / MACDONALD-BERNIER CO. / BOSTON, MASS. / CONTENTS APPROX. 10 2/3 OZ." (Black text)
"L 7 / 5 58" (stamped)
"L 26 / 7 61" (stamped)
Material
drinking water
metal
Object type
Food Service T&E; Drinking Vessels
Descriptive terms
Bottle, Drinking
Bottle, Water
cans (containers)
drinking water
metal
Dimensions
5 (H), 2 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2011.119.2.1-.7
Credit Line
Gift of Nena Robbins
GUSN
256202

Comments

MacDonald-Bernier canned water #

AvatarPosted by jonathan gardner on October 7, 2015
Joe MacDonald was my grandfather that invented that canned water and fallout shelter food. I have pics and documents of all of my grandfathers inventtions.

water #

AvatarPosted by Brina Healy on September 11, 2016
Good day:

Is this connected to the families from Bridgewatewr? Thank you.

MacDonald-Bernier canned water #

AvatarPosted by Denise on October 14, 2016
 Dear Jonathan:

  I know of someone who obtained one of those cans of water with all the markings, numbers, etc. Were those 7 cans mass produced? and are they of any value? It was interesting reading about this on the Historic New England Site.
Any info you can provide would be appreciated for my friend who obtained the one can.
Sincerely,
Denise