Can of Pemmican

Collection Type

  • Household accessories

Date

c. 1955-1965

GUSN

GUSN-295988

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

tin cans
metal
food
Can, Food Storage
Can, Food Storage

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.”

Additional Identification Number

277.1
811

Maker

H & M Packing Corp. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

CA

Dimensions

1 1/2 (H), 2 1/2 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Nena Robbins

Accession Number

2011.119.1.2