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Welcome to the Paleofuture blog, where we explore past visions of the future. From flying cars and jetpacks to utopias and dystopias.

Jet Set in 1999 A.D. (1967)

Jet Set in 1999 A.D. (1967)

Though commercial aviation has become a tedious exercise in repeatedly proving that your shampoo is not actually made of C-4, it's easy to forget that air travel used to be too expensive for the average American. Flying was an event, something you dressed up for. It wasn't so easy to book a relatively inexpensive flight one evening and be in a faraway land the very next day. Adjusted for inflation, flying has never been a better deal.

So, while most of us are not living Wink Martindale's life of jet-set luxury... enjoying 16-hour work weeks, clunky videophones, and zipping down to Mexico for a quick 18 holes, we can dream along with the 1967 film 1999 A.D.

Note: I originally uploaded this video clip to Dailymotion but have since moved it to YouTube.

You can see more clips from the film 1999 A.D. here.

Burglars of the Future (1910)

Burglars of the Future (1910)

A Whole World of Metal Men? (1937)

A Whole World of Metal Men? (1937)