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Wednesday
Jun062007

Moving Sidewalks by Goodyear (1956)


As a follow-up to last week's post on the moving sidewalk of 1900, today we have an illustration published in 1956. The image below appears in the book 1999: Our Hopeful Future by Victor Cohn. It was produced by Goodyear and shows the (semi-realized) hopes for this paleo-futuristic technology.


See also:
Moving Sidewalk (1900)
I want an oil cream cone! (1954)
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900)

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See Robert A. Heinlein's 1940 novella about 'technological change and social cohesion'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_Must_Roll

June 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Amazing how they accurately predicted the retro car styling of the early 21st century (a la PT Cruiser, Chevy HHR, etc.) [grin]

June 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

Does anyone remember the swing dancing fad that swept through the country's young population a few years ago? (It might not have passed just yet, given the popularity of Christina Aguilera's song "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candyman_(Christina_Aguilera_song)" REL="nofollow">Candyman.") The return to retro styles in music and autos suggests to me the failure of "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularitarianism" REL="nofollow">singularitarian" trends in the culture. The early 21st Century stubbornly refuses to look "futuristic," at least in the ways the paleo-futurists led us to expect, so we've had to mine the past for novelty for the current generation.

June 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

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