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    Post by Edward T. on Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:18 am

    A neat relic from the Cold War home front era. Smile

    This drum was used in fallout shelters to store 17 1/2 gallons of water or as a commode when empty. It was meant to be combined with an accompanying sanitation kit and medical kit for purification tablets and siphoning tube. Water was stored in a plastic liner inside the can. The cans are also stack-able.

    Unfortunately, the plastic liners inside the cans will burst after several years of being stored in a shelter, as this example, and the water will cause rust and leakage. The inside has been resealed and repainted.

    The can was made by Rheem Mfg. Co in Chicago, Illinois.

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    Bottom of can with manufacturing info:

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    Luckily these cans were never needed for atomic disaster.




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    Post by 1stDivVet on Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:48 pm

    I've got one too!! I keep Vietnam era M-67 nylon web gear in mine..LOL Mine was also made in 63, but by a different manufacturer.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:50 pm

    Sometimes you found the little cans meant for life rafts in the shelters too.. The other can is a can of mocha cheese cake from one of the collapsible field hospitols.

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:27 pm

    Very neat relics, guys!


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