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Civil Defense Time Capsule
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:11:08 PM »
I'm a property manager for a bank and frequently visit location in PA and surrounding states. Last summer, I had to inspect a branch in Delaware I'd never visited before.

As I walked into the basement, I discovered a Civil Defense time capsule! Most of the contents had been picked through and the item I had most interest in was long gone (Radiation Kit with the Geiger Counter). However, there were still unopened 12lb boxes/tins of crackers, water storage containers (also doubled as a waste receptacle) and all of the documentation.

The area had to be cleaned out however I made sure my GC saved some items for me. It was a pleasant surprise when 3 large boxes showed up at my door; one of the water drums and 48lbs worth of crackers! I also secured a fallout shelter sign from another site.

They're in storage now, however one day I hope to put together a display of Civil Defense items....I guess I'm kind of obligated to at this point!
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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 12:11:44 PM »
Paperwork and the sign
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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 05:05:22 PM »
Now....this is a completely different kind of find. It is however a "timely" find, and with the shape of the world today, I would leave the cans sealed and save them for current day needs!! :-\
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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 06:43:19 PM »
I have one of the civil defense toilet tubs. It has garbage bags inside, a toilet seat and toilet paper rolls..

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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2015, 04:09:33 AM »
Have you tried it yet, Eric?!  ;)
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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2015, 11:25:30 AM »
Robin,
I think I would eat my dog before diving into those 50 year old crackers! Then again, they're government made so I guess they would still be good! I've heard of guys eating Civil War era hardtack and living to tell the tale.

I'm using it as I type this, Ian!
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Re: Civil Defense Time Capsule
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 11:29:52 AM »
Smitty,
I actually have one of the rolls of toilet paper. Forgot I also have one of the sanitation kits (made of carboard). You can see one to the left of the water drum in the first photo. Only the toilet paper was in them, though. Toilet seats were long gone.
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