Aren't all crackers survival-crackers?


It's not exactly ancient archaeology, but this is pretty fascinating - a bridge-worker in NYC just found a giant cache of Cold War provisions tucked away under the Brooklyn Bridge. Flickr photostreams are available here and here.
Some of the items were stamped with two especially significant years in cold-war history: 1957, when the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite, and 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis seemed to bring the world to the precipice of nuclear destruction.

Fallout shelters were common around the country in the 1950s, but such finds are rare, said John Lewis Gaddis, a historian at Yale University.

“Most of those have been dismantled; the crackers got moldy a very long time ago,” he said. “It’s kind of unusual to find one fully intact — one that is rediscovered, almost in an archaeological sense.”

The 17.5-gallon metal drums, presumably once filled with water, were labeled, “Reuse as a commode.” The Civil Defense All-Purpose Survival Crackers were sealed in dozens of metal canisters. One of the canisters, however, had broken open.

Weinshall tasted a cracker.

“It tasted,” she said, “like cardboard.”

1 comment:

Spice said...

I've tried a survival cracker. For some reason, we had an unopened tin of them in our newspaper office in college. And one Sunday after our weekly staff meeting, we opened the can and tried them. They looked like graham crackers, but didn't taste nearly as good, although they weren't as nasty as one might expect, either.