Given that it’s New Year’s Eve and all, I thought it might be fun to see what people thought the future would look like in 1954. Here are a few entries from “wouldn’t it be nice if…” and “upcoming new inventions” features in Popular Science from that year.
This may be, hands down, my favourite. Just imagine if we all had straight dial phones! Life would be so much easier! It’s not like any better technology would ever be developed…
And it would be totally awesome if we could have preset stations on our radios instead of having to manually tune in all the time! (Fun fact: My car radio, which does in fact work although I never use it, doesn’t have a manual tuner. My car was manufactured about 50 years after this idea for an “automatic station selector” was presented in Popular Science.)
No, it’s not just your eyes, this is a really bad picture. But I have a juvenile sense of humour and I felt the need to put it here anyway. Because. I mean. BABY VIBRATOR. “…generate horizontal and vertical thrust.” Yes, every time I hear the word “vibrator,” I giggle uncontrollably. (You should have seen the time I had to write an article about “concrete vibrators.”)
Finally, a salute to my juvenile sense of humour and the way language norms change:
Gentlefolk of all genders, may I present…gay candlesticks.
Y’all, have a good New Year’s Eve (except for YOU PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE who already had New Year’s and are reading this FROM A DIFFERENT DECADE). Stay safe, don’t be afraid to confiscate keys, and it’s always ok to call for a sober ride.