5 Awesome Futures from the Past!

We’ve always been fascinated by what could be in the future. What h been mad dreams of a future world became real on April 12, 1961, when the young 27-year-old Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. The whole world was amazed and enraptured. Circling the Earth for almost two hours about Vostok 1, the USSR was firmly winning in the space race.

If sending a man into space was the stuff of dreams… here are some of Team Tell History’s favorite retrofuturist adverts and ideas! Some have become eerily true, while others are still the stuff of dreams! 

An Electric Driverless Car

This advertisement from the mid-1950s is eerily predictive of what could be! A family enjoying some time in their self-driving car. Sponsored by “America's Independent Electric Light and Power Companies,” it appeared in newspapers and magazines ... “Electricity may be the driver. One day your car may speed along an electric superhighway, its speed and steering automatically controlled by electronic devices embedded in the road…. No traffic jams … no collisions … no driver fatigue.”

Move over Elon Musk... the 50s has this

This advertisement from the mid-1950s is eerily predictive of what could be! A family enjoying some time in their self-driving car. Sponsored by “America’s Independent Electric Light and Power Companies,” it appeared in newspapers and magazines … “Electricity may be the driver. One day your car may speed along an electric superhighway, its speed and steering automatically controlled by electronic devices embedded in the road…. No traffic jams … no collisions … no driver fatigue.”
Photo from: CQ Researcher

The Flying Saucer Commute

Where the electric self-driving car is soon-to-be a reality for some of us, this is still way out of reach. It would make the school run a whole lot more fun though.

Why is this still not a thing?

Where the electric self-driving car is soon-to-be a reality for some of us, this is still way out of reach. It would make the school run a whole lot more fun though.
Photo from: My Science Academy

Home Electronics

Here are some pretty accurate predictions. Let's start from the top:
1. A giant sized TV - yup!
2. An electronic video camera - we've had it! 
3. A flat screen, letting you shop from the comfort of your own home - someone predicted our online shopping without shame years before it could be a reality
4. Video dic player - yawn! These are historical already!
5. A household robot - now THIS we would like in the Tell History office, especially if we can get a great cup of coffee from it!

Eerily Accurate on purpose if not design

Here are some pretty accurate predictions. Let’s start from the top: 1. A giant sized TV – yup! 2. An electronic video camera – we’ve had it! 3. A flat screen, letting you shop from the comfort of your own home – someone predicted our online shopping without shame years before it could be a reality 4. Video dic player – yawn! These are historical already! 5. A household robot – now THIS we would like in the Tell History office, especially if we can get a great cup of coffee from it!
Photo from: Global Nerdy

Office Life

Apart from the landline phone - and the box monitors, and basically none of the tech of our dreams, we're loving the retro color scheme in this office!

The office we want

Apart from the landline phone – and the box monitors, and basically none of the tech of our dreams, we’re loving the retro color scheme in this office!
Photo from:PC World

Predicting Wearables

The cover of Byte Magazine may have got the wearables right, but we're seriously unconvinced by how easily those discs would get lost!

The watch we thought we would wear

The cover of Byte Magazine may have got the wearables right, but we’re seriously unconvinced by how easily those discs would get lost!
Photo from: time.com