when the future was cool

I’ve been thinking again about retrofutures, nostalgia for what we were told it was going to be like and all that

not sure if this will go in the book, but as a some time cultural historian it fascinates even when it is almost entirely speculative

anyhow, latest and most splendid exhibit is this video of the GM Futurama exhibit at the 1964/65 World’s Fair. courtesy of retrofuture.com

a remarkable document in lots of ways

and for those, like me, who were 10 in 1965, it does seem that: yes, this is pretty much what the future was going to be like…  nuclear war permitting, of course.

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One Comment on “when the future was cool”

  1. Robin Hanson Says:

    It is indeed a remarkable vid!


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