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Fallout Shelter and Radiation Warning Signs and Decals

May 01, 2015 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Bright yellow, black and red “Danger Radiation” and “Fallout Shelter” signs and wall decals are a cool way to decorate dorm or game room walls as well as a great way to indulge in a little Cold War nostalgia. Whether you remember the originals or not, these signs demand attention and make for great conversation pieces.    

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The Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Sep 07, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

In June 1940, the US Army Air Corps requested a new bomber from Consolidated Aircraft Company in case there were significant delays with the B-29, which had already been in development for two years. The result was the B-32 Dominator, which itself took nearly four years to complete testing. The bomber almost didn’t see action

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Farewell, Margie

May 03, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Official US Army Poster Girl During WWII Dies at Age 92 Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a 22-year-old Wabash, Indiana woman posed for three US posters designed to boost morale amongst US soldiers. The slogan was simple: Please get there and back. Be careful what you say or write. Her name: Margie Stewart.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

May 01, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In 1939, the British government aimed to boost morale of its citizens in case of invasion during WWII. The Ministry of Information produced a series of posters to use as motivational publications. Three campaign slogans were used: Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring

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Retro USA: 1940 Census Reveals Wealth of Data

Apr 04, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

The US National Archives released the 1940 Census April 2, 2012, attracting tens of millions of web site visitors within hours, crashing the servers. This is the first time full census reports were posted on the Internet. Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives said they had anticipated great interest, but found the immediate

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The History of Silly Putty

Apr 02, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

One of the most enduring toys of our times – Silly Putty – wasn’t designed to be in the hands of kids. Its inventor was attempting to respond to a challenge made by the US government. During World War II, raw materials like rubber became harder to obtain. The Japanese had invaded Asian countries were

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