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Found a really cool piece of history straight from the Cold War at its height of nuclear paranoia.  I’ve been working in a old army warehouse doing fairly routine work when I came across a small dirt pile in a corner under a shelving unit.  At first it seemed like maybe someone had torch cut a mount, but after further inspection I realized it was an 8”x8”x2” plate of steel with a hole burned in the middle of it.  I thought maybe it was an example of a capable armor piercing ordnance or something, but encrusted in the dirt was a placard.  It reads “US Army Quartermaster Corps Solar Furnace February 1959”.  After looking up what a solar furnace is, I realized that I had just come across something that’ll decorate my living room for decades to come.  I did not take this off of the base without first getting permission, just to be clear.  If anyone has any info on this project or questions I’d love hear.

 

https://youtu.be/0tK3s1Vnol0

 

link to video describing the solar furnace

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