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Future housekeeping envisioned in the 1978 book Exploring the World of Robots. Via Paleo-Future.
Like the next number on a hopscotch course, 2013 is now just a hop, skip, and a jump away, and while we’re not ones to make suppositions about what will happen in the new year, we bet plenty of folks will. People have always had a predilection for predicting the future, as proven by these unintentionally hilarious vintage articles and images.
From envisioning ‘food conjured up from sawdust’ to robot helpers named Maid Without Tears (Huuuh?), these vintage predictions are too good to be true. Points to you if you can read them and keep a straight face!
Pinball in the pool! Paul Alexander illustration via Krystian Kujda
Congestion gone? We wish! Via Retronaut.
The 1982 book Fact or Fantasy (World of Tomorrow) saw domed cities and chilly climates in our futures. Via Paleo-Future.
Not quite a Kindle – a concept book reader from 1935. Via Retronaut.
Hits and misses from 1979. Via Will S.
These predictions from the February 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics take the cake! Via Modern Mechanix.
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These are pretty awesome. I’d actually like to use some of this as artwork in my home, I think it’s so neat to see what people thought was going to happen.
Where did we go wrong?
Funny! Many of us do sort shop by picture phone– except it’s called online shopping. They were close.
I had the exact same thought. Not too far off the mark on that one!
These are so fun! They remind me of a magazine that my grandmother kept for 50 or so odd years, predicting what life would be like in 2010. Remembering this, in 2010 she pulled out this article for my mother and I to read. The author of the article predicted many technological advancements, but the most amusing predictions were those regarding social aspects of life in 2010. He believed that the world would be run purely by women, whom by then would have cast away their restrictive clothing and would choose instead to live in “naked comfort”. The three of us were laughing for hours!
Wish I could read that article! Sounds hilarious :-).
Those are hilarious!
These are so great but some of them are pretty close such as shopping with a screen and working from home!
I was thinking the same as others the shop by picture phone is really close. I find the one dated August 1925 interesting. That’s what they thought the 1950’s would look like. Some of that isn’t far off either.
I agree, some of these aren’t far off. But the one thing I can’t help thinking is that we must think we are super smart to come up with these amazing inventions in such short time. Still, I think this will all happen…eventually. Like a lot of what Jules Verne wrote it was outlandish at the time, but flying machines and submarines are reality now. We’ve dreamed it, now we’re busy working on how to get there.
You’ll eat food from “saw dust”??? Too funny. I wonder if people will look back and think the same of us and our ideas about the future.
The sawdust thing is a reality, ladies. Ever hear of powdered cellulose?
Enjoy your shredded cheese!
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