Out of This World

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 19, 2010
     Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts | 1960s | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

To put things into prospective I offer the following.

My grandfather moved from Montana to Missouri in a buck board behind a pair of mules.

Our farrier's older brother drove the last herd up the Chisholm trail.

The computer aboard the 1st rocket to the moon had a total of 8k of memory. That's 8,192bytes! My camera takes images that are over 1,500 times larger than that and I can store over 600 of them on a medium sized chip.

In 1951 there was no television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees, or the pill.

There were no: credit cards, laser beams, or ball-point pens.

Man had not invented: pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/19/10 at 12:29 PM
Women were happier then. Their lives were more ordered and structured and they were relieved of the burden of making big decisions. Keeping the house clean, the kids fed, and hubby happy in the bed room consumed their days and they knew their place and were satisfied.

Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/19/10 at 01:21 PM
I hate to break it to you expat, but literally everything you mentioned existed in 1951. Television has been around since the 1920s, and in 1951 there had already been regular television broadcasts for half a decade. Penicillin was discovered in 1928 and was already being used in medical applications by the 1940s. You were close on the Polio Vaccine, but progress was already being made by 1950. Francis Bacon tried to prove that freezing food could make it last longer, but he caught pneumonia and died before he could see if his theory was correct. That was in 1626. You are right that the famous Xerox machines wouldn't be produced until 1958, but the process of Xerography was invented 20 years earlier, in 1938. Contact lenses were first proposed in 1508 and they were first used in the 1800s. Flying discs have been around for thousands of years, though the Frisbee name wasn't used until the mid 1950s. The birth control pill hadn't been approved in 1951, but research had been done since the 1930s (I must admit I had to look that one up). The Diners Club Card was first used in 1950. Although a working LASER wasn't built until 1960, the theory was laid out by Einstein in 1917. The first ballpoint pen was patented in 1938, though none were available in the US until 1945. Pantyhose have been around since the 1920s, though they weren't made with Nylon until the 1940s (I had to look that one up too). The modern air conditioner was invented in 1902, and as early as the 1930s many businesses such as movie theaters and dance halls had air conditioning. Dishwashers have been around for over 150 years, with the first version patented in 1850. The clothes dryer is even older, with the first models introduced 200 years ago. Oh, and the moon landing. You finally got one right, but this one doesn't really fit with your argument. In 1951 it would only be 18 years away, yet the most recent one was over 37 years ago. Checkmate.

By the way, this film is from 1964, not 1951.
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 02/19/10 at 08:21 PM
What was that guy saying in the Hayley Mcneff post the other day... about how we always have to be right? No, Sam's not proving Expat wrong, he's proving that he has way too much free time!

I'm kidding Sam 😊

Now where is my undersea living? I want that! kthxbye
Posted by Nethie on 02/19/10 at 11:14 PM
I just get annoyed when people assume that technology didn't exist until a few years ago. As for too much time on my hands, most of that is just many years of accumulated facts, though I probably do spend a little too much time learning random information on the internet.
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 02/19/10 at 11:18 PM
Aww I was just yanking your chain, I meant no offense. I don't have the best sense of "what you think is funny doesn't mean everyone else thinks it's funny" as my mom says. 😊
Posted by Nethie on 02/19/10 at 11:23 PM
I didn't think you meant any offense, I just wanted to explain why I went so fact crazy so nobody thinks I'm completely insane. I'm just a little insane, like everyone else...
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 02/19/10 at 11:28 PM
Sam, I knew some of these were "border line" like the computer. Supposedly the 1st one built was back in 1500?? or some such. And, no, I've got no problem "being wrong" but, Nethie's right; you've got way, WAY too much time on your hands. 😉
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/19/10 at 11:44 PM
i was born in 1964. hey, don't think too badly of expat, he was confused from the beating his wife gave him after reading the- women were happier then- post above. :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 12:39 AM
Sorry, Patty, it's not Wednesday yet.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/20/10 at 05:14 AM
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 05:52 AM
That's the day the wife gets out the switches, etc.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/20/10 at 09:15 AM
ooo kinky! you are a lucky man expat. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/20/10 at 05:56 PM
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