Monday, December 20, 2010


On June 15, 1955, the annual civil defense drill known as Operation Alert was held throughout the United States. In New York City, bus drivers handed out passes (see image below) to their riders so that they could re-board without extra charge after the mandatory fifteen minute “take cover” period was over.

Opposition by peace activists (and by people who didn’t like to interrupt their commute for mock A-bomb exercises) to Operation Alert increased every year until the nationwide drill was permanently canceled in 1962. There were eight Operation Alerts in all (1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961). 

Opal Alert 1955 Bus Pass

1 comment:


Great Stuff Bill thanks for your dedication to uncovering some of the best cold war propaganda and artifacts, your love for this history is very appreciated!