Home entertainment center predictions, 1959


17 Responses to “Home entertainment center predictions, 1959”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a huge collection of this strip and this must be the first time they got anything right!

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    That’s pretty much what living rooms look like in Palm Springs.

    • dr says:

      Including the snow?

      How about Flash Gordon’s spaceship, the tip of which you can see breaking through the wall above the fireplace?

      Incidentally, I believe that all the furniture in the room was already for sale in ’59.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What are those box-like things lining the walls?

  4. peterbruells says:

    DVD cases

  5. Spoon says:

    I’m so ashamed. I’ve had so many technology fantasies from my childhood fulfilled that I find myself always wanting more. Posts like this always give me a little perspective on how thankful I should be for what we do have, not to mention what we will have before my time is up. I’m only in my mid-twenties, but sometimes I wonder what it will be like when people my age are in nursing homes. My mid-western grandparents’ generation would rather die than give up their independence and ability to work. Will we all sit down for a much deserved rest and veg. out to our pristine digital media until the clock runs out?

  6. Anonymous says:

    … check the bottom right on the following picture:
    The structure on the image looks like the WTC and the bottom right says “9-11″.

  7. bjacques says:

    Check out the fireplace with Dad’s trophy from the Chinese War–the ceremonial shield and spear of “General 72-Silver Dollar” Chang himself! Shame about Nuclear Winter. But, hey, there’s plenty to watch on TV.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It took me a second to realize that the excessively reclined seats are because the entire ceiling is the screen.

  9. dross1260 says:

    Inverted Star Wars scroll!

  10. Mark Crummett says:

    That sofa in the front looks really uncomfortable.

  11. Anonymous says:

    all that technology and canned entertainment; I’d still rather just sit in front of that fireplace.

  12. curiousrobot says:

    The article doesn’t address the fact that the woman on the television appears to be popping off the screen… Glasses-less 3-D already?

  13. Zac says:

    Huh. They missed the digital distribution of 2020, but nailed the DVRs and flatscreen TVs of 2010. They even mentioned 3D.

    I’m impressed. I was expecting: “In the world of tomorrow, all Television will be delivered by hot air dirigible” or some shit.

  14. Yamara says:

    By the looks of the kid on the right, they accurately predicted the entertainment value of LSD as well.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Old fart sez: Kids today don’t appreciate what a complete game-changer the VCR was. When we were children, if you didn’t watch it when it was broadcast, you didn’t see it. No watching shows when YOU wanted to. No buying DVDs of shows or movies. No catching up with Hulu. Being able to tape something because you were out, or because you were watching something else was REVOLUTIONARY. Everything else, color, HD, DVRs even cable was minor in comparison

  16. Anonymous says:

    Wow, they actually got that pretty much right.

    Kinda makes you wonder what other seemingly-ridiculous technological predictions from that era will eventually come true.

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