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Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 18, 1941 (Evening), p. 6, col. 5

Newest, neatest trick for providing defense workers with quickly-built houses that are also pretty much bombproof comes from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller.  Shown at New York Museum of Modern Art display, the houses are nothing more than a couple of grain bins painted white.  One bin, 20 feet in diameter, is a living room-bedroom combination.  Curtains can block it into two bedrooms.  A passage leads to the smaller bin, consisting of bedroom, kitchen, and prefabricated bathroom.  The houses are built from the top down, the roof being raised by a collapsible most [sic].  Walls are attached in sections.  A sealed sectional steel floor is bolted to the outer rims of the walls.  These portable units cost about $1500.  While they couldn’t take a direct hit, they are reportedly safe against bomb fragments and flying debris.  Pictures show Fuller examining the bins and teatime just outside the kitchen.

You can read more about Bucky Fuller’s bomb shelters here.  Personally, I’m not sure I’d put a lot of faith in something that was only “pretty much” bombproof.  They do make really cute houses though.

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