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Postcard of the Federal Civil Defense Administration, Battle Creek, Michigan
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CIVIL DEFENSE BUILDING POSTCARD

In the 1950s the federal civil defense program of the United States called Battle Creek, Michigan home (Washington, D.C. might be wiped out by a Soviet A-bomb, but civil defense would keep on ticking in Battle Creek). It even had a prestigious building at 74 Washington Avenue North with its name on the front: FEDERAL CIVIL DEFENSE ADMINISTRATION. It was here that hundreds of civil defense pamphlets, radio and TV spots and instructional films were written and, in many cases, produced.

It is a testament to the blandess of Battle Creek in the fifties that postcards of a federal building would rate as a potential sales item to tourists (hopefully things have changed for the city). In 1959, with other government organizations moving into the complex, the building was renamed "The Battle Creek Federal Center."

Today the complex is known as "The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center," but it probably still has a kick-ass fallout shelter!
CIVIL DEFENSE BUILDING POSTCARD
74 Washington Avenue North
Battle Creek, Michigan
Circa 1950's

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