10.07.2010

Undated: Life in 1960 (as imagined in 1939)

The New York World's Fair of 1939-1940 included an exhibit/ride called Futurama, envisioning what the United States might look like in the year 1960. It was sponsored by General Motors and designed by Norman Bel Geddes (the father of actress Barbara Bel Geddes). The ride carried passengers past miniature landscapes laid out along a vast, sophisticated highway system (including 7-lane, one-way highways, with cars kept at a safe distance from one another by radio control).

* More about Futurama: @ and @
* Watch Futurama video "To New Horizons": @
* Futurama photos: @
* ExpoMuseum (website on world's fairs): @
* More about Norman Bel Geddes: @ and @
* "Magic Motorways" (book by Norman Bel Geddes): @
* "The Dream of an Automated Highway" (from Federal Highway Administration): @

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