06 April 2008

More mid-century daydreams

I just can't help myself. Here are parts one and two of a video of Monsanto's House of the Future, an attraction at Disneyland that opened in 1957 and kept pulling in the crowds until 1967. Part one is nearly ten minutes long. Part two comes in at about three minutes.


This stuff's amusing now, and incredible how all of it hinges on the idea of cheap oil and cheap electricity. I paid $3.40 a gallon for gas on Friday. So much for cheap oil. What all of these future forecasters missed was how much people in that future would look back to 1966 and 1957 respectively, with unapolegetic longing. Hah!

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