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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.

Futuristic Pollution Deflector (1968)

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?

Toroidal Space Colony of the Future (1982)

Toroidal Space Colony of the Future (1982)

Steel Time Capsule for 2056 A.D. (1956)

Steel Time Capsule for 2056 A.D. (1956)