The Strong Museum of Play's inventory includes reminders of the Cold War fascination with all things atomic.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

March 20, 2023

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During the Cold War showdown with the Soviet Union, the prospect of nuclear armageddon seemed imminent.

This sparked a fascination with all things atomic, as people pondered the benefits and threats associated with harnessing the atom.

The Strong Museum of Play, in Rochester, N.Y., has accumulated an array of atomic-themed games that provide insight into people's thoughts during the Cold War.

There was also a strong tolerance for risk on those days of omnipresent cigarettes and unemployed seat belts, as demonstrated by the Atomic Energy Lab, which contained actual radioactive isotopes!

But is may have been the final screen of Missile Command that best summed up the jangly nerves of the atomic cold war era.




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Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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