Steel Teepee Life, Feb 1941 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related 17 thoughts on “Steel Teepee” Add yours I never saw that kind of bomb shelter. I like the cautionary note that it “won’t resist a direct hit.” I’ll bet it got a little gamey inside after an hour or two. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Have you seen any? I’ve never seen or been in a bomb shelter. I guess you’re safe if you’re on the periphery of war as far as that shelter went! LikeLike Reply Yes, I have seen several bomb shelters most built around the time between Sputnik and the Cuban missile crisis: 1957 – 1962. Originally, there was fear that the Russkies would bomb us from orbit. These shelters wee of the underground variety, a deep hole with a steel shell covered with tons of concrete and dirt and systems that today would be considered rather primitive. From our time in Utah I am also familiar with the new style of bunkers built by “preppers” who expect the Zombie or other apocalypse to strike at any moment. Some of them are very sophisticated but the folks are (obviously) very secretive so I only got a glimpse or two. The steel teepee strikes me as a marvel of advertising but I think I’d take my chances on the outside. LikeLiked by 1 person You can include my father-in-law in the prepper category. He’s a prepper, my husband’s a Pepper, and I’m a Coker. I haven’t peeked into his labyrinth, but he is confident it will survive the apocalypse, with seed/MRE/nuts/water/supplements to last a lifetime. I doubt he’s stored any books or magazines, so like you, I would take my chances on the outside. Everyone dies anyway, right? LikeLiked by 1 person what a terrifying playhouse. Cute kids, but creepy plaything. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Er, Liz, it’s not a playhouse. It’s a BOMB SHELTER! That’s why it’s creepy. 😦 Poor things. Scare the wits out of them. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply When I saw your title it did not prepare me for this. Quarter inch steel? Damn thing would weigh a ton and even an “indirect hit” would drop the thing on who ever is inside and a “direct hit” would add a bunch more shrapnel to an already bad situation. Oh those crazy Brits. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply In retrospect, a quarter inch would not be much. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply You’re right when trying to stop a bullet or a bomb blast but 1/4 plate steel weighs 10 lbs per sq. foot. Ouch. I think you would be better off in a hole. LikeLiked by 1 person “Not designed to take a direct hit.” You think? What an odd find this is, Kerbey. These poor folks actually thought this contraption would save them from anything. Thankfully, it was not needed here. Oy. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Under certain circumstances the shelter would provide some protection, It has no 90 degree corners and hence does not provide any flat surfaces for a blast to hit. And in many explosions it is the blast that kills those nearby. If the blast were strong enough it would collapse the shelter and kill the occupants, but under those circumstances, you’d be dead without the shelter anyway, so no difference. You know as a Canadian, i’ve never heard the words Prepper and Coker. We don’t have much to blow up here so we don’t get much into shelters. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Coker’s not really a word. I was singing the old commercial, “I’m a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, she’s a Pepper.” Do you have Dr. Pepper? What soda do you drink? LikeLike Reply Ahhh,Pepper – I read prepper, believing it had something to do with being PRE-pared. Gotcha. Yep we have all the big soda companies – we call it “pop”. I like Dr. Pepper, myself or Pepsi. Coke will do if the other two aren’t available. LikeLiked by 1 person No, Prepper is real–that’s one of those loony “black helicopter” people who think the world is about to end and helicopters are chasing them. LikeLike Nobody here says pop. And hardly ever soda. It’s just Coke. Let’ s go get tacos and Coke. Can I bring you some iced tea or Coke? Coke is the term for any soda. LikeLike That was Devo’s first practice space. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply perfect LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Observation and Interpretation: Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.