1955 predicts 1965


14 Responses to “1955 predicts 1965”

  1. Liz Stevenson says:

    Yep, Binghamton turned into a real dream town… :|

  2. Guest says:

    In reality, Sheraton opened their 100th hotel in 1965.

  3. SedanChair says:

    Sounds like they called it, more or less. The national highway system is still a (deteriorating) infrastructural Wonder of the World, and is studded with sights to see and well-ordered amenities for the well-to-do.

    Now, for those of us who are other than well-to-do, we might as well paint ourselves yellow and lay in the street, hoping that our municipality will find us useful as speed bumps, but ah well…

  4. David Forbes says:

    Their description of the car was pretty accurate, if only 50  instead of 10 years later. But it doesn’t mention that cars would be built largely of plastic.

    When one compares the 1965 American cars to their 1955 brethren, the only noticeable difference is the lower beltlines and wide, flat decks. The internals were nearly identical. We had alternators and more A/C units.

  5. semiotix says:

    Negroes voting! A pill that makes purple taste like music! Another exciting land war in Asia against the commies! My Three Sons, except now it’s in color! Richard Nixon retired from politics forever! Outer space colonized by the Russians! Shea Stadium (an exciting new concert venue for British skiffle bands)!

  6. Jay Converse says:

    What?  No flying cars?

  7. Textuality says:

    What really depresses me is that I’ve got a feeling that the major advances of the next 20 years are going to be things getting even thinner, lighter and shinier… and I just couldn’t give a shit.

    Bring back the days of moon landings, Concorde, SR-71 Blackbird, microwaves, the Internet and mapping the human genome.

    (Though I do have some hope for Graphene as well as something like a cure for cancer or more artificial organs)

    • AnthonyC says:

      I think artificial organs are a pretty good bet, if not in 10 years then in 30.

      I’m 25 right now, and I’d be willing to bet that by the time I’m 60 the only organs we can’t regrow will be the central nervous system.

      I’m less hopeful about space travel, AI and the continued growth of computing power.

  8. MrEricSir says:

    They fail to mention that the car companies would conspire to destroy public transit, valuable farm land would be paved over to build low-density suburbs, and huge swaths of perfectly good cities would be “redeveloped” into an infrastructure that could support a car-based society.

    Gas stations, parking lots, auto shops, car dealers, freeways, highways, mini malls… all built to support cars and nothing but.  And guess who benefited? Certainly wasn’t the average person.

  9. adamnvillani says:

    For a ten-years-out prediction, they were a lot more accurate than Ray Kurzweil was a decade ago when he predicted we’d be well on our way to the Singularity by now.

  10. GregS says:

    The Ford “car of the future” they show in that 1955 article looks like it was modeled on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car (google it). And indeed ten years later that Futura was a staple part of the culture – the ten year old Futura prototype had been converted into the Batmobile in the ’60s TV version of Batman.

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