Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yesterday's Tomorrow Today!

Thanks to my friend Julie's Tumblog, I was reminded of a wonderful site that is always good for a laugh: Modern Mechanix.

It's unbelievable that these articles and ads are not Photoshopped in any way, but actually ran in the 1930s and 1940s. It looks like the service described above was a veritable of yester-year. "No man is any good without a woman?" I'm not sure who this add is more insulting toward--the "anxious" and desperate women or the single men who aren't "any good."

Almost every post on this blog is a winner. Even the less-funny entries provide an insightful look into how people thought science and technology would progress. This leads to the age-old debate: Were people dumber back then? Or just more willing to get carried away by their curiosity? I tend to think it's the latter. Everyone is so sardonic and jaded today (myself included) that I don't think we're even willing to entertain the ideas that seemed plausible to the folks who wrote these articles. After all, some of these things were way ahead of their time! Cordless phone, anyone?

A few others:
If You Want the Ladies to Like You, Clip This Coupon

For Fun-Loving Executives

License Tag in Miniature Identifies Auto Keys

If you find other good ones, share 'em in the comments!

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