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The Wonderful Future That Never Was (At Least Not Yet)
In the early part of the 20th century, the editors of Popular Mechanics magazine regularly carried predictions of technological advances that their readers could expect, either sooner or later. This fine volume is a compilation of some of the best of them, complete with the great period art from the original articles. Some of these turned out to be fantasy only. In 1928, for example, foreseen was the use of the rooftop lake, which would be the building's air conditioning. The ability to knock out a hurricane was forecast in 1963. But, some of the predictions came pretty close, if not true, such as the one in 1954 that talked about the TV that would be so thin it could be hung on the wall. And, in 1947, under the title 'Dinners Without Drudgery,' the item said that frozen dinners might soon be consumed in offices, restaurants, hotels, trains, planes, ships, factories, and at home. Some of the prophecies could still be a work in progress: we aren't totally there just yet. This book takes a wonderful look back -- and ahead!
The wonderful future that never was