Category:
Yesterday’s Tomorrows

What Were They Thinking? #2

I don't know, to me large amounts of DDT and small glass boxes don't seem like a good combination...

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(from the May 1963 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue Oct 06, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Products, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Key to Our Horizons



As we contemplate Peak Oil and other scary scenarios, here's a look back at a time when the automobile was king.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 01, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: 1950s, Cars, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Max Fleischer’s News Sketches



Was this one of Chuck's inspirations for NEWS OF THE WEIRD...?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 08, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, History, Cartoons, 1940s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

SelectaVision

Once upon a time, before laser-read discs, there was SelectaVision: movie discs that were interpreted by a mechanical stylus, just like vinyl records.

Read about the technology here.

And there are plenty of players and discs for sale cheap on eBay, if you want to go retro!

The first four minutes of the video below show lots of period films offered in the medium. Starting at the four-minute mark, you see the player and how it works.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 28, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Technology, Television, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Follies of the Mad Men #68

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[From Life magazine for September 10 1956. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Yes, yes, this is precisely how we are all living, here in 2009!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 02, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Family, Technology, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Funky Space!

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 27, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1970s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Monorail!

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June 2009 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland Monorail System. Let's all let out a lusty cheer for the mass-transportation breakthrough of the future which is always and forever just around the corner of feasibility. Maybe you'd even like to join THE MONORAIL SOCIETY to celebrate.

Or listen to this:







Posted By: Paul - Wed May 27, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Futurism, Music, Technology, Cartoons, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

They Had That Back Then? #2

Today's lesson: Musical Ring Tones.

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(from the May 1956 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Tue May 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Music, Technology, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Times Have Changed #2

Today's episode: the Multimedia Notebook.

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(from the November 1993 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Fri May 08, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Products, Computers, 1990s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

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