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Yesterday's Tomorrows

June 10, 2016

Our American Crossroads



The weird part of this documentary is the puppet diorama and its turntables. A strange form of presentation.

Of course, this documentary also represents about the first two-thirds of the famous poster by Robert Crumb.


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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 10, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Comics, Documentaries, 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

January 21, 2016

January 1, 2016

Predictions for 2016 from 1966

In 1966, Margaret Thorne, a member of the Junior Historian Club of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia, published some predictions for the year 2016 in her local paper. Here's what she envisioned for the year we've now arrived at:

The growth of suburbia: "the only land untouched by suburbia will be the national and state parks and forests, that our ancestors were foresighted enough to conserve and a few farms of enormous size in the midwest."

Work: "the vast majority of the people will be seated in front of man's ingenious invention, the computer."

Food: "People will take a pill for breakfast that will supply them with needed nourishment. Algae, a very simple plant, which can be grown in great vats and will multiply rapidly, can be made into very appetizing morsels."

Fuel: "More sources of fuels must be found and methods for bringing the natural resources to the surface. Someone must find ways to captivate the sun's radiation and make it work for us. The sun will need to be our major fuel in the years to come."

Water: "Our water supply will need to be taken from the seas as our lands get drier and drier."

Not bad, all in all. The food-in-pills and ubiquitous spread of suburbia were misses. But she scored on the increasing importance of computers, and she kind of anticipated the development of fracking and growth of solar technology, as well as the water scarcity (which is certainly true here in California).

The Raleigh Register — Apr 25, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 01, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Predictions, Yesterday's Tomorrows, 1960's

September 25, 2015

The Stout Scarab


The 1936 Stout Scarab is referred to by some as the first minivan. Its definitely one cool car!

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 25, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers, 1930's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

September 4, 2015

The Continental-2 Stereo Round Jukebox

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One sold for $2800.00 recently on eBay.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 04, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

April 30, 2015

Tomorrow:  Television!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 30, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Television, 1940's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

December 1, 2014

Mystery Illustration 3

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This "futuristic" plane was:

1) conceived in the 1920s to occur in the 1940s

2) conceived in the 1930s to occur in the 1950s

3) conceived in the 1940s to occur in the 1970s

4) conceived in the 1950s to occur in the 1980s

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 01, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Futurism, Air Travel and Airlines, Yesterday's Tomorrows

August 9, 2014

The Car of 1980

This is what Jack Charipar, director of Plymouth's product-planning team, imagined in 1961 that cars would look like in 1980. Source: Newsweek - Jan 23, 1961.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 09, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

July 13, 2014

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear

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Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 13, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

February 2, 2014

Ghia Jet Turbine Car



Now we know where the sound of the 1966 Batmobile came from.

Be sure to watch until they open the hood.

Details here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 02, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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