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Whether it involves gleaming mega-cities, scudding unflawed skies or the inane advertising smile of a man who just loves his personal flying machine, watching Americans look forward is to look back. It is to look at ourselves in our most brilliant and boneheaded moments. Which is great fun. Here, moreover, the fun is enhanced by a cheerful... text and―the real glory―a wonderful abundance of visual material drawn from a Smithsonian traveling exhibit.(Boston Globe)
Many books might be commended as entertaining, instructive, or even fascinating. Yesterday's Tomorrows deserves each of these adjectives... The reader is taken through a gallery populated with forgotten industrial prototypes, architectural models, toy ray guns, flying cavalrymen on 'helihorses,' science fiction props from Hollywood and, or course, all sorts of projects and renderings concerning transportation.(Road and Track)
Joseph J. Corn is senior lecturer in the department of history at Stanford University. He is the author of The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation, 1900-1950. Brian Horrigan is a curator with the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. Originally published in 1984 to accompany an exhibition by the same name organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
What great visions there where some 50 years ago! Though most of the prophesies did not work out one longs for the visions!Published 18 months ago by Wolfgang Nitsch
It is fun to read the predictions made in the past of the future. Sometimes they are close, but most of the time they are way off. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ted Detjen
Go back into the past to discover some of the nutty ideas people thought we'd be living with today. For example, housewives would hose down their living rooms since everything... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Joy Schwabach
This is a quality overview of retrofuturism -- the illustrations are inspirational (if you like that sort of thing) and it serves to whet the appetite for further insight into the... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by S. Kaminski
Plans are always niftier than their implementation. Plans can assume that everyone's OK with them & that weather & other unforeseen factors won't change anything. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by C. M. Levin
This is a smallish book with some illustrations but not enough for my purposes. That said, the book is
really quite interesting and it pulls you in. Read more
I have had a long-term interest in the past's view of the future, and very much looked forward to receiving and reading this book. Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by Ian Summers
nice book about old visions of the future!
Very nice pictures and illustrations!
I would like to get more pictures but this is a very nice book!