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The Electric Shopper Car


Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 21, 2016 | Comments (12)
Category: Inventions, Technology, 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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 | Date: Fri Jan 01, 2016 | Comments (5)
Category: Predictions, Yesterday's Tomorrows, 1960's

The Stout Scarab

The 1936 Stout Scarab is referred to by some as the first minivan. Its definitely one cool car!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Design and Designers, 1930's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

The Continental-2 Stereo Round Jukebox


One sold for $2800.00 recently on eBay.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 04, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Tomorrow:  Television!

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

Mystery Illustration 3


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 | Date: Mon Dec 01, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Futurism, Air Travel and Airlines, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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 | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1960's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear


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

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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 | Date: Sun Feb 02, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1950's, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

An engineer in 1964 looks to the future

From the Hattiesburg American - Feb 18, 1964

Many of the engineers' dreams are soon to become realities. Plans are now under way for twin 110-story towers in New York City which will dwarf the Empire State Building. The tunnel under the English Channel now seems assured. Covered, air-conditioned baseball stadiums are being built to do away with the need for rain checks. And the engineers soon hope to place a man on the moon, the first major step toward the exploration of our own galaxy and the galaxies beyond.

He got all this correct!

Fifty years from now some writer will look back and reflect that the in the 60's an engineer who dreamed of the weekend trip to Mars, the University of Space located on Jupiter, the completely automated home where housework consisted of pushing buttons, the aerial highways and helicars, and other commplace things in the year 2014 was considered a "screwball" by his fellow citizens.

An automated home is the closest to being a reality. The rest of it—not even close.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 06, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Predictions, Yesterday's Tomorrows, 1960's
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