Monday, January 24, 2011

Future Wizardry

The Family of the Future (minus steel furnishings)

The 1911 Miami Metropolis article starts, "None but a wizard dare raise the curtain and disclose the secrets of the future."  Apparently, Thomas Edison was just the wizard for the job.  T. Alva's choicest predictions for 2011:

  • The traveler of the future will fly through the air, swifter than any swallow, at a speed of two hundred miles an hour in colossal machines [off by about 300MPH, but close]
  • The baby of the 21st Century will be rocked in a steel cradle; his father will sit in a steel chair; his mother's boudoir will be sumptuously equipped with steel furnishings [HAHAHAHA]
  • Books will be printed on leaves of nickel so light that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume [you mean like this?]
  • We're on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals [Nope]
  • In the magical days to come there's no reason why ocean liners shouldn't be made of solid gold from stem to stern; why we shouldn't ride in golden taxicabs, or substitute gold for steel in our drawing room suites. [What? No. Also: y'all had steel in your drawing rooms?]
(more wizardry here)

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