The House in the Middle
The House in the Middle is the title of two American documentary film shorts, respectively from 1953 and 1954, which showed the effects of a nuclear bomb test on a set of three small houses. The black-and-white 1953 film was created by the Federal Civil Defense Administration to attempt to show that a clean, freshly painted house (the middle house) is more likely to survive a nuclear attack than its poorly maintained counterparts (the right and left houses). A color version was released the next year by the National Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Bureau, a "bureau" invented by the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association trade group (now known as the American Coatings Association).
- Mike Mashon (March 10, 2015). "The Cold War Meets Commerce: The House(s) in the Middle". Now See Hear!. Library of Congress. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- "Past to Present". American Coatings Association. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- Internet Archive copy of the 1954 film
- Library of Congress copy of the 1953 film
- Library of Congress copy of the 1954 film
- The House in the Middle at the Internet Movie Database
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