Critiquing the flying car in 1944

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11 Responses to “Critiquing the flying car in 1944”

  1. digi_owl says:

    Seems like they basically took the first class of a ocean liner and put it on rails.

  2. Michael Burt says:

    Isn’t it grand to be white, middle class and carefree!  Makes me wonder if Dick and Jane are off frolicking with Spot someplace.

  3.  Of course if the Nazi’s had won, they too had plans for super trains. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breitspurbahn

  4. Ian McMahon says:

    as a pilot, I always cringe when people talk about flying cars… if we had the same number and relative skill of people in the air as we do on our highways, there would be a LOT of fatalities.  Plus, the design tradeoffs that you make for a flying vehicle are at odds with the design tradeoffs you make for a road vehicle.  The flying car designs that people are trying to market are the worst of both worlds, and they have been ever since people started pushing them in the 40s.

  5. Stefan Jones says:

    Hmmm . . .

    I once saw a 1940-ish cartoon (via the PBS show “Matinee at the Bijou”) titled “Postwar Inventions.” I wonder if it was a parody of these sorts of ads.

    The one part I remember was a terribly racist depiction of a black man who’d just gotten new dentures.

  6. Petzl says:

    The caption reads:  “Mitt Romney (seated), with various employees.”

  7. Amelia_G says:

    Your post is so much more sophisticated than this book that I love, but I can’t resist because I’ve been appreciating these ideas for so long:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scalawagons_of_Oz

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