Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"Fallout shelter" signs to be removed

From Huffington Post:

New York City has quietly begun removing some of the corroding yellow nuclear fallout shelter signs that were appended to thousands of buildings in the 1960s, saying many are misleading Cold War relics that no longer denote functional shelters.

The small metal signs are a remnant of the anxieties over the nuclear arms race between the United States and the former Soviet Union, which prompted U.S. President John F. Kennedy to create the shelter program in 1961 in cities across the nation. The signs, with their simple design of three joined triangles inside a circle, became an emblem of the era.

The removal of some of the signs from public school buildings, which has not previously been reported, is intended to partly reduce this potential confusion, according to the city’s Department of Education.

Michael Aciman, a department spokesman, confirmed that any designated fallout shelters created in the city’s schools are no longer active and said that the department is aiming to finish unscrewing the signs from school walls by roughly Jan. 1.

11 comments:

Sergey Kadinsky said...

These signs are part of our history, and if the city is to remove them, at least it can sell them online and make money in the process.

Tommy Efreeti said...

Waxman would love a story like this, given how much he waxes on about signs being taken down. (I mean that in a kind way his newtown pentacle is always full of good photos).

Anonymous said...

Leave them up! We're gonna need them!

Joe said...

The city DOES sell them and for big $$.
I saw this 'erase & sterilize history" bullshit coming and acquired mine years ago along with a Stillwell ave Coney Island sign from "The Warriors"
All for safe keeping against all these fascists like da Blasshole of course !

There is a links on the Transit Museum website to buy

Anonymous said...

Why? With the sandbox feud between Trump and "Rocket Man" we might be needing them.

Anonymous said...

Hope they can at least sell these signs, the MTA is already selling old seats as "souvenirs" with who knows what has been on them

JQ LLC said...

These shelters are shitty, incompatible and non-durable to begin with, in addition to pitiful amount of provisions like biscuits and aspirin (parrrrtyyyyy!)

Sergey is right for the signs to remain. Besides, that retard Kim Jong Un is planning to place anthrax on the warheads.

http://www.ibtimes.com/defected-north-korean-solider-had-anthrax-antibodies-report-2633183

Anonymous said...

Why buy?
Just steal one! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Leave 'em up!
One of Kim's nukes might reach us one day. LOL!

Anonymous said...

It only took 50 years.

Anonymous said...

The mayor removing yet another piece of City history. Enough!