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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.

Will Science Harness Sun Power After the War? (1942)

Will Science Harness Sun Power After the War? (1942)

In 1942, with World War II raging, people were naturally thinking about what a post-War world might look like.

Once the present world-wide orgy of destruction has come to an end, there will be a tremendous job of reconstruction to do. Ruined cities, factories, power stations will have to be rebuilt, wrecked railroads and highways relaid, blasted mines and oil wells reopened, sunken ships replaced.

This syndicated piece by Dr. Frank Thone, found in the March 22, 1942 Galveston Daily News (Galveston, TX), imagines a world -- should it not be destroyed outright-- on which humanity could build a bright new future using the latest in solar power technologies. The entire piece appears below.

(While doing a quick search to learn more about Dr. Thone I found this interesting article he wrote in 1934.)

Jean-Marc Côté's Visions of the Year 2000 (1899)

Jean-Marc Côté's Visions of the Year 2000 (1899)

Vitamins and Exercise to Replace Girdles by 2007 (1957)

Vitamins and Exercise to Replace Girdles by 2007 (1957)