1962 ... vital equipment!

... perhaps a bit more dainty then perching on top of the 55 gallon drums provided in the public shelters. Rations, clean water and air and even your trusty Conelrad radio cannot disguise the fact that the survival of the USA was limited to tolerance of relieving themselves into plastic bags for two weeks.

Looks like this was adapted from the basic fold-up TV tray design! Those things had a hard time supporting a full course Banquet TV dinner... I'll just go perch myself on the edge of that 55 gal. drum.