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Closer Than We Think! Robot Housemaid (1959)

This Closer Than We Think! strip ran in the September 13, 1959 Chicago Tribune. Unlike Rosie the Robot, this robotic housemaid floats on a cushion of air.

The last paragraph describing, "a device to take food automatically from storage and cook it on a preset schedule," sounds very similar to the food preparation system in the 1967 film, "1999 A.D."

There'll be no servant problem in your home of the future. Instead, employ a robot - to cook, set the table, clear it off, wash the dishes and put them away.

A firm of industrial designers, Sundberg, Ferar, Inc., has already projected an idea for such a "mechanical maid." A self-propelled serving cart would move linen, glasses, china and silver to the table. After dinner, it would wash them and store them away.

Meanwhile, Westinghouse is researching a device to take food automatically from storage and cook it on a preset schedule. All milady would have to do is preset her menu and table arrangements each morning.

See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
Call a Serviceman (Chicago Tribune, 1959)
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)

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Reader Comments (6)

Have a look at the cover of July's Nature on the multiverse:

July 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Muhlberger

Is it just me, or is the mother only clad in that apron? She doesn't seem to have a shirt on, and I would not put money on trousers either.

And she's apparently serving her child. How nice.

July 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSalo

All-seeing TV eyes *and* half-nekkid housewives?!?! The future is looking great!

July 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJake of All Trades

Sounds great and one wouldn't have to clean house before they came, so unjudgemental or would they keep my bad housekeeping habits in a database?

July 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVic Grace

Wow, in the future all housewives dress as sexy maids. Cool!

Someday I would like to see a movie where they include all the PF-tastic objects, only have them be totally realistic. Every house has a helicopter, or a hovering robot maid, or whatever, but they have to include the actual noise/wind/smoke/spillage/whatever from that object. It's clear most of these ideas were thought up by illustrators or ad people and not scientists/engineers.

July 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

Is it me, or does the robot maid look vaguely like a Dalek?

July 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAri B.

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