After purchasing their house 10 years ago, couple Ken and Carol Zwick discovered that it had two large green metal gates located in the backyard. However, they did not pay much attention to it as they did not find any reason to open them. Little did they know that it contained a time capsule that could bring them back to the 1960s!
The couple thought it was just an empty space but looks like they were wrong. Inside those doors was an 80-square-foot fallout shelter that contained a time capsule.
A decade later, the Zwicks finally made the decision of unlocking the huge metal doors. While exploring they saw that most of the place had gotten flooded through the years. Still, there were some items that survived. The items were kept secure in a time capsule. Looking at those things made the couple feel as though they had traveled back in time.
“We assumed it was just this empty space,” Carol said.
The items were dated 1960. Back then, President John F. Kennedy had been readying the American people for the potential escalation of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. In those days, many Americans were deathly afraid of the destructive powers of nuclear warfare.
When the doors of the chamber were opened, it revealed a ladder that led to an 8′ x 10′ chamber.
Apparently, a man named Frank Pansch was the previous owner and built the fallout shelter in 1960. He did so out of fear of the atomic bombs falling, which would have devastated much of the land and bathed it in nuclear fire.
The chamber was stocked with food supplies which were enough for a family to survive on for about two weeks.
The Zwicks told the Daily News:
“It was all of what you would expect to find in a 1960s fallout shelter It was food, clothing, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries, items that you would want to have in a shelter if you planned to live there for two weeks.”
The supplies contained classic candies that can no longer be bought in stores. The Zwick family has kindly donated the items to the Neenah Historical Society.
“It will really give people a sense of what it was like to live in 1960, to feel like they’re in their living room, and suddenly they need to go to their fallout shelter,” Jane Lang, the executive director of the Neenah Historical Society said.
The chamber and its contents did not only bring the Zwicks back in time, but it also gave them an idea how life was like more than 50 years ago.
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