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Can of Pemmican

2011.119.1.2 (RS199454)

Description

Can of Pemmican, Metal can has a metal key opener affixed to the bottom. Can contains seedless raisins, peanuts, evaporated apples, dextrose, soy oil, hydrogenated shortening, vanilla extract, and salt.

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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
H & M Packing Corp. (Manufacturer)
Date
c. 1955-1965
Location of origin
CA
Material
food
metal
Object type
Food Processing & Preparation T&E; Food Storage Equipment
Descriptive terms
Can, Food Storage
food
metal
tin cans
Dimensions
1 1/2 (H), 2 1/2 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2011.119.1.2
Credit Line
Gift of Nena Robbins
GUSN
295988

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