…But will they let me come back home?
Earlier this afternoon, my vacation travels took me across the St. Croix River from Maine into New Brunswick.
The American Border people are housed in a traditional red brick building.
This is the northernmost Fallout Shelter sign I’ve ever seen!
The actual US-Canadian boundary is in the middle of the St. Croix River.
The right plaque reads “This unfortified boundary line between the DOMINION OF CANADA and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA should quicken the remembrance of the more than a century old friendship between these countries. A lesson of peace to all nations. Erected May 6 1935, Kiwanis International”.
The Canadian Border people are housed in a cement block.
The US-Canadian Border
Calais Maine, St. Stephen New Brunswick
I saw this one a couple weeks ago flopping around in the wind.
Haiku for an unloved Fallout Shelter and rotting sign:
Its sign: not attached.
But worst of all, the notice
Mass Ave, Central Square
The first one I found outside New England.
The Bush Tower is a half-block away from Times Square. On this snowy day, its street-level facade is being rebuilt, but its FALLOUT SHELTER IN BASEMENT sign remains!
135 W 41st St (back entrance).
New York, NY
I haven’t found a new one in a long time.
Haiku for a forgotten Fallout Shelter sign.
Central Square Cambridge:
A sign once proud, but now it’s
Rusting and Obscure.
Last one under the bed’s a rotten egg!
I found another Fallout Shelter sign yesterday, this time at the Lowell Housing Authority’s North Common Village on Salem Street in Lowell.
The best thing about this sign is that it’s not near a door at all. I guess you climb into this guy’s bedroom, hide under the bed, and hope things will be OK.
Found another one!
The Bartlett Building at Mass General Hospital has a weird little 4-foot-tall door facing the street. Just above the door and to the left is a Fallout Shelter sign.
This Fallout Shelter sign’s dark gray-blue background is also fading away (like the one in Lowell from last week).
Picture The Three Stooges or Homer Simpson leading 470 people into this shelter, each person bopping his head on the top of the door frame.
MGH, Blossom Street
Man, these are hard to find!
Although the Edith Norse Rogers School in Lowell was completely rebuilt in the 2000’s, its original Fallout Shelter sign from the early 1960’s was untouched.
But its original dark gray-blue background has faded away:
I remember when these used to be everywhere.
Collected Fallout Shelter sign number 1:
Temple Street near Main Street
Downtown Nashua, NH