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Aug012007

Start 'em Young (1991)


I have three questions about this picture:

1. Why did we believe paper faxes were the future?

2. Does that toddler have Wi-Fi?

3. Why does the teddy bear have a phone?

This illustration by Tom Chalkley ran in the November-December, 1991 issue of The Futurist magazine.

See also:
Apple's Grey Flannel Navigator (1988)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (1993)
Starfire (Part 3, 1994)
Online Shopping (1967)

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What about the use of a light pen? Weren't they a little passe by 1991?

I still remember being excited by the prospect of getting a light pen for my BBC micro (which had a video chip with light pen support built in, all you needed to supply was a wand with a photosensor in the end) but the funds from my paper round never quite stretched to it...

August 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAsher

I can understand why the teddy bear has a mobile (it is presumably an m-bear), but why does the phone have an aeriel?

August 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M. Cray

At least they got the overloaded power strip right.

August 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

3. Why does the teddy bear have a phone?

I find this quite plausible, actually. Playing prepares one for adult life, and toys are often small replicas of everyday objects.

Our parents grew up with toy pots and pans, hammers and saws, etc. Today, everyone has a cell phone, so it makes sense that not only children should have toy cell phones, but that their dolls should, too.

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterarensb

1. Why did we believe paper faxes were the future?

You sure it's a fax and not a printer? Even now people still want a hard copy for record keeping.

August 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEdward Pearse

The teddy bear having a phone makes the most sense out of everything here. Toys have toy accessories. A better question is why is the teddy bear plugged in? They had tons of battery-powered toys before 1990. Teddy Ruxpin, for example.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

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