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Apr222009

Futuristic Pollution Deflector (1968)

The February 23, 1968 Bridgeport Telegram ran this picture of the futuristic urban woman of the year 2000. Her futuristic body paint naturally deflects air pollutants and radioactivity! Happy Earth Day!

IS THIS WHAT LIES AHEAD? - A Los Angeles engineer thinks women living in an urban environment in 2000 will look like Vicki Dunlap, above. She wears body paint for insulation against the weather and air pollutants, including radioactivity. A computer necklace programs her day, governing the temperature of her oven, warning when her children will be home, and monitoring the guidance device of her car. Colored jewels are warning signals. Her hat is a receptor and transmitter for a two-way radio worn around the arms, with the earrings supplying energy for radio and computer. Think you can wait another 32 years?

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Well, at least they were semi-realistic, and didn't think that we'd be wearing the jumpsuit equivalent of current fashion trends.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Why would the woman's computer necklace have to "warn" her about the impending arrival of her children?

Alert or inform seems nicer since this is her kids we're talking about here.

Unless they might walk in on Mommy at an inappropriate time?

But nobody will misbehave in the future.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Jetson

You could walk all day with that necklace blinking warningsignals without noticing! Or would it buzz/shake/vibe?

Oh, and it may be that the Bridgeport Telegram is three years late in reporting, or that TimeLife misses the mark in dating the picture in question - I found an image of the 6 misses of Engineering Week 1965(!) at

http://www.life.com/image/3245698

I can't warn enough: stay away from the eye-poking accessories of Ms. Georgeana Barkhoff!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTimeFlies

The thing is, there doubtlessly were people wearing esembles like that in 2000!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuzz

This is easily the best blog I have ever read. I can't believe you dug up the Odyssey Magazine "draw a space colony contest" issue, I used to love that.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Gorenfeld

This outfit reminds me all the 70s dystopian stuff I love. But the paint won't protect her nostrils from pollutants.

May 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterAnthony Miles

well, make-up nowadays certainly claims on doing a lot, however protecting against radioactivity does not seem to be one of them. maybe old age though lol
I just wish it would protect me against the weather (no more need for scarves!)

I really like how in the past they always thought that carrying/wearing a lot of gadgets somehow made you look absolutely ridiculous and people wouldn't care about this.

I also carry the two-way radio with the receptor and transmitter (cellphone anyone? mine can play radio and internet radio too) but I think I'd leave it at home if it looked like a chef's hat.

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAriane

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