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The Future of Real Estate (1953)

Steve over at Finkbuilt sent me a link to this great image of a couple buying a house in the (paleo)future. The publication appears to be from December, 1953.

See also:
Something must be wrong with its radar eye! (Chicago Tribune, 1959)
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)
'Summer Terrace' All Year Round (1960s)

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    Retro future theme is so accurately spicified in the book by Collin Mount. The author has several book references. The educational motifs are also necessarily published in the journals of Melbourne College of Business and Technology.

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Funny pictures that would be plain weird, lol.


June 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChicago Real Estate

The thing I love about the Paleo-future is that everything's so... impractical. Where's the spacecraft those folks are EVAing from? Why go into orbit solely to show up at a space-house-dome in person? Why have a dome just floating there? Wouldn't a sphere have been more efficient?

These questions and more are what keep me coming to this blog.


June 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, that's just....words fail me. Probably one of my favorite images ever!

I wish people were still painting silly stuff like this today.

June 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot


"I wish people were still painting silly stuff like this today."

Currently we are creating an educational MMO for teaching physics concepts to college freshman. It's set on the Moon and the primary theme is "retro future" and you'll see a lot of this kind of stuff in it. It's a lot easier (and more fun) to do than technically accurate renderings of landers, robots, and so forth.

When we get some screens ready I'm wanting to send them here as I think readers of this blog will like them.

June 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I guess everyone assumed that in the paleo-future, middle aged men like this realtor would still go bald and far-sighted, even though we have treatments for hair loss and laser surgery to correct vision these days. Hard to tell about his teeth, but Robert Heinlein in several of his stories and novels assumes that in "the future," almost all men in their 40's on up wear dentures.

June 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

In the Future, we'll all live in giant snow-globes apparently.

July 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Holtby

Wouldn't a sphere have been more efficient?
Well, see, in those days they knew about the housing bubble and were devising futurristic ways to prevent it from bursting.
That is until the American real estate world invented liar loans and all kinds of ponzi schemes to compensate for their lack of intelligence and ability. So instead of preventing it from bursting, they just accelerated its flattening.

July 4, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterphonono

Nice to see that, even in the far future, the Bluth's are still in real estate — or tell me that guy on the right doesn't look like exactly Tobias Fünke (David Cross).

October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJape

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