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09/16/2013 09:03 am ET Updated Sep 19, 2013

House Survives Atomic Blast Because Of White Paint And Tidiness, '50s Video Says

The hot topic of the 1950s was the threat of an atomic bomb attack. There were a number of films offering diverse survival tactics -- "Duck And Cover" comes to mind. But here's one you might not have seen: "The House In The Middle," produced by the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association. In the clip above, we learn how your home can withstand an atomic blast if it's painted white and is kept neat. This might have been the first time that household cleanliness was positioned as a national security interest. (For a full-length version, visit Archive.org.)

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