Jennifer Little is a property manager that owns a home in central California that was built back in 1951. Inside the house, a manhole was found that leads to a Cold War-era bomb shelter. Little has been sharing video tours of the shelter on social media, including a picture of a man going down the manhole. The manhole itself was located in the master bedroom and had remained hidden behind a large mid-century dresser that weighed 400 pounds. This is why it wasn’t found for nearly 70 years. The bunker itself contained items and furniture that one would expect to find in such a location such as bunk beds and a bedpan. It also had a vintage weight loss machine as well called the “Magic Couch.” This device was designed to vibrate and was what was known as a posture rest machine which is why it was marketed as a weight-loss device. It was pink and had what appeared to be tubing coming out of it.
The bunker had been built out of fear of a nuclear strike on central California during the Cold War. Little said that bunkers such as this were normal because at the time people were still greatly affected by the thought of nuclear war due to the US dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan. She also stated that central California was particularly exposed, making bunkers very popular in the area. She further explained that Americans were particularly scared of Russia or another nation nuking the US in retaliation for the two bombs that the US dropped on Japan. Also of note was the fact that the bunker was built with ample ventilation. This was intended to allow the occupants to reside in the bunker for an extended period of time in the event of an all-out nuclear war. Unfortunately, the shelter was not perfect and featured construction flaws that allowed water to seep in over the years. In fact, water got into the foundation and caused damage to the structure. In her video tours, Little shows the damage that was done. She also said that the structure wasn’t weathertight, but she and her colleagues still found some treasures, though it was very dusty.
Jennifer Little’s video tours of the 1950s Cold War-era bunker have been extremely popular online, particularly on TikTok. In fact, one of her clips has gained over 8 million views, showing that people are very interested in this relic from the past. She’s also gotten a lot of comments as well, ranging from serious, to silly. In one such comment a person jokingly said that if a zombie apocalypse were to happen, Little and her collages would be safe because they had the bunker to rely on. Another comment expressed fear though, saying that the bunker was claustrophobic enduing. Expressing concern for an existential crisis, another commenter sarcastically said that even if it was normal back then, we need bunkers like this more than ever these days. A more cryptic commenter suggested that Little and her colleagues restore the bunker to its former glory just in case, implying once again that the future may hold some untold disaster that would require a bunker for survival. Little and her colleagues have not put forth any statement on what they plan on doing with the bunker at this time.