An eReader from 1935

1935: The world's first parking meters appear. T.E. Lawrence dies in a motorcycle accident. The nation of Libya is formed. In other news, "Everyday Science and Mechanics" magazine published their vision of the future of reading. Hello, iPad grandpa.

Smithsonian's Paleofuture blog brings us this wonderful little concept, which, unlike the iPad to be released today, would be one of the largest items of furniture in your house. It used microfilm, lightbulbs, focusing knobs, and a chair. Even though this electro-reading mutant never crawled into existence, it'd still probably have a better screen resolution than retina display. [Paleofuture]