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1975 and the Changes to Come (1962)

TV of the future

Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom has a wonderful Flickr set of images from the 1962 book, 1975: And the Changes to Come by Arnold B. Barach. While some of the products like this bacon toaster would be well suited for a 1960's version of Sky Mall magazine, others were practical visions of technologies that were just around the corner, such as the pacemaker.

Beach house of the future

Previously on Paleo-Future:


Closer Than We Think! Fish Bowl Swimming Pool (1958)

More often than not, Arthur Radebaugh's brilliant series Closer Than We Think! makes practical sense. However, this image which ran in the July 13, 1958 Chicago Tribune, threw me for a loop (cringe-inducing pun intended).

Today's spectators can see beneath the surface of a swimming pool only through windows or portholes below the water line. But tomorrow's vacationers will be able to do far better. Pools in transparent structures above the ground will enable observers to relax alongside and have the fun watching underwater aquatic frolicking at the same time.

This in-the-air pool for swimming in the future is shaped like a cocktail glass or the bottom half of a fish bowl. It is reached by a circular ramp leading to platforms and diving boards - a highly decorative addition to the grounds of tomorrow's pleasure resorts.

See also:
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Closer Than We Think! Monoline Express
Closer Than We Think! Lunar Mailbag (1960)
Closer Than We Think! Polar City (1959)