Monday, August 2, 2010

Electronic Home Library circa 1959

Matt Novak at Paleo-Future Blog shares this incredible futurist cartoon strip, Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radebaugh. For media/book lovers, it's the electronic library and the videotaping of programs that's so amazing. This strip appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1959.
Some unusual inventions for home entertainment and education will be yours in the future, such as the "television recorder" that RCA's David Sarnoff described recently.
With this device, when a worthwhile program comes over the air while you are away from home, or even while you're watching it, you'll be able to preserve both the picture and sound on tape for replaying at any time. Westinghouse's Gwilym Price expects such tapes to reproduce shows in three dimensions and color on screens as shallow as a picture. Another pushbutton development will be projection of microfilm books on the ceiling or wall in large type. To increase their impact on students, an electronic voice may accompany the visual passages.
This post original appeared on Paleo-Future Blog. Hat Tip to Book Patrol (A Haven for Book Culture)

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