Yesterday's Tomorrows Past Visions of the American Future

ISBN-10: 0801853990

ISBN-13: 9780801853999

Edition: 1996 (Reprint)

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Description: Enormous skyscrapers will house residents and workers who happily go "for weeks" without setting foot on the ground. Streamlined, "hurricane-proof" houses will pivot on their foundations like weather vanes. The family car will turn into an airplane so easily that "a woman can do it in five minutes." Our wars will be fought by robots. And our living room furniture--waterproof, of course--will clean up with a squirt from the garden hose. In Yesterday's Tomorrows Joseph J. Corn and Brian Horrigan explore the future as Americans earlier in the last century expected it to happen. Filled with vivid color images and lively text, the book is eloquent testimony to the confidence--and, at times, the naive faith--Americans have had in science and technology. The future that emerges here, the authors conclude, is one in which technology changes, but society and politics usually do not. The authors draw on a wide variety of sources--popular-science magazines, science fiction, world fair exhibits, films, advertisements, and plans for things only dreamed of. From Jules Verne to the Jetsons, from a 500-passenger flying wing to an anti-aircraft flying buzz-saw, the vision of the future as seen through the eyes of the past demonstrates the play of the American imagination on the canvas of the future.

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 10.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Finding the Future
The Community of Tomorrow
The Home of Tomorrow
The Transportation of Tomorrow
The Weapons and Warfare of Tomorrow
Epilogue
Catalogue List
Suggested Reading
Index
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