Montana County Wants to Dispose of Cold War Commode Kits
A Montana county plans to dispose of more than three dozen Cold War-era sanitation kits meant to provide makeshift bathroom facilities for fallout shelters.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 42 fiberboard drums labeled "SK IV Sanitation Kit" were shipped to Gallatin County in January 1964. They contained a toilet seat, commode liner, 10 rolls of toilet paper that people are cautioned to "USE SPARINGLY," along with commode chemical. The seat fits on top of the lined drum.
After county officials determined they didn't need the kits any more, they found out the Department of Defense didn't want them back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had no use for them, either.
The county has offered some to museums. The rest may be sold at auction. A value and date haven't been set.