Jennifer Little, an estate manager in the area, has been giving video tours of the Cold War-era shelter, which featured two bunk beds, a bedpan urinal, and a vintage weight-loss machine that was popular at the time.
The TikToker, who is known as @kitty_girl_california, posted her first clip about the secret room a few weeks ago on March 8, explaining that nuclear fallout shelters were actually ‘pretty normal’ at the time.
Say what? Estate manager Jennifer Little found the Cold War-era bomb shelter complete with bunk beds in a home that was built in central California in 1951
Discovery: The home had a manhole leading to the shelter built in the master bedroom. The cover was hidden under the carpet and a dress was placed over it
‘People were so afraid of a nuclear bomb happening on the California coast, especially in central California because it’s so exposed,’ she said.
The clip showed a man dusting off the cobwebs in the manhole before going inside, leaving viewers begging for a full tour of what was below.
The mid-century modern dresser they had to move to get to the manhole weighed 400 pounds, according to Little. The people who built the house also added hidden ventilation in the walls.
Little went on to share follow-up videos that were filmed inside the musty bomb shelter, showing how the stone foundation was leaking.
Heavy: The mid-century modern dresser they had to move to get to the manhole in the master bedroom weighed 400 pounds, according to Little
Check it out: Little gave a tour of the bomb shelter in a series of TikTok videos
Abandoned: The stone foundation was leaking and the room was covered with dust 70 years after it was built
‘After 50 years it was clearly not weather tight, but we still found some treasures,’ she said of the abandoned room.
The bomb shelter was mostly covered in dust and was in disarray 70 years after it was built, but it was still a sight to see.
It had two flat bunk beds for sleeping, a bedpan urinal, and glass bottles that were strewn about, but the strangest item by far was Stauffer’s ‘Posture-Rest’ machine.
Known as the ‘Magic Couch,’ the vibrating chair was sold as a weight-loss device back in the 1950s.
What a find: The bomb shelter featured a bedpan urinal among other vintage treasures
Vintage: One of the strangest item in the room was Stauffer’s ‘Posture-Rest,’ a vibrating chair that was used for weight loss at the time
Design flaw: Little also gave a tour of the dry storage room for the bomb shelter. The room wasn’t actually connected to the bomb shelter, which she found confusing
In another clip, a man wearing a fire department jacket could be seen investigating the shelter before climbing out of the manhole and letting out a laugh.
‘Not every day you get to do that, right Rob?’ someone joked as he emerged from the underground room.
Do it! Little (pictured) never stated whether she owned the home, but people have been urging her to fix up the bomb shelter
Little also gave a tour of the dry storage room for the bomb shelter that was covered with cans and supplies that had fallen over on the floor. The storage room wasn’t actually connected to the bomb shelter, which she found confusing.
‘I’m not sure why they built it this way,’ she admitted. ‘You’d have to leave the shelter to go into the dry storage room.’
Little never stated where in central California the home was located or if she owned it, but people have been urging her to fix up the bomb shelter.
Her first video has been watched more than 8.3 million times, and thousands of people have commented on the fascinating clips.
‘Well if there is a zombie apocalypse at least y’all be safe,’ one person joked, while another added: ‘My claustrophobia just went through the roof!’
Others insisted that the bomb shelter could be useful now.
‘Normal for back then? Like…I think we need them now more than ever,’ one TikToker commented.
‘Why don’t you guys get some people to help and restore it just in case,’ someone else suggested, while another agreed: ‘Y’all should clean it up and make it a dream bunker.’