It’s no secret that my favorite comic strip of all time is Closer Than We Think by Arthur Radebaugh. The strip is largely forgotten today, but it featured the very best of flying cars and jetpacks from the Golden Age of futurism. The pulpy time capsule ran in over 200 newspapers from 1958 until 1963, and ever since I…
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On January 12, 1958, an important weapon of the Cold War was introduced. It wasn’t a missile or a spy satellite, but rather a colorful Sunday comic strip that showed Americans what the future was going to look like. It was called Closer Than We Think.
Earlier this week astronauts aboard the International Space Station ate fresh food grown in space for the first time. It’s an exciting accomplishment and will be crucial for the survival of the first crewed missions to Mars. But it’s been a long time coming, as we can see from this 1959 comic strip depicting the…
It's 2015. But sometimes it feels like our futuristic dreams are stuck in the 1950s and 60s. And there's actually a good reason for that.
The January 10, 1960 edition of Arthur Radebaugh's Sunday comic "Closer Than We Think" includes a curious invention that was supposed to literally catapult us into the Jet Age: The circular runway.
The living room of the future was supposed to be interactive. It was supposed to have all the world's media at your fingertips. And above all, it was supposed to have a big ass TV. Today, Americans can buy enormous TVs for relatively cheap. But we're still waiting on this wall-to-wall TV of the future from 1958.
Apparently the Upper Midwest is about to get snow. Like a lot of snow. Like up to two feet in some areas. Too bad Americans don't have this domed house from 1958 to shield them from the unofficial start of winter!
The technology of the future was going to provide all kinds of new possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow — including eliminating the classroom entirely. Interestingly enough, it would seem we're still chasing that dream.
There are few things more anxiety-inducing than seeing a cop car's flashing lights in your rearview mirror. But that terror probably would've been about a thousand times worse had this police car of the future from 1958 ever become a reality.
Worried that Earth may soon suffer from overpopulation and irreversible environmental damage? Worry not, my fellow passengers of Spaceship Earth! In the future, we'll just hop on our space-faring Mayflowers to go find habitable planets. At least that was the promise of this Sunday comic strip from 1959.
Need to put out a forest fire? Why not bomb it with chemical-filled missiles? At least that was the plan in 1961.
Imagine being able to send a Christmas card electronically. Sounds crazy futuristic, right? Well that's what this Sunday newspaper comic promised to the good people of 1960. Though it was a bit more complicated than the e-cards and emails we send today.
Palm trees and lower heating bills in Chicago? Bikinis and orange blossoms in Duluth? Back in 1958 these miracles were the promise of tomorrow, thanks to the hot new science of weather control. And once we learned to harness these forces that were once thought beyond humankind's reach, there was only one question…
The Sunday comic strip "Closer Than We Think" was launched in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race. But the strip's mission wasn't just to show Americans what would soon be happening on the moon and beyond. No, the space age would touch every part of American life — from the fuel that would power your driverless car to…
With its hovering videophone, modern dictation machine and space pod design, this 1961 executive desk of tomorrow would fit in better on the ISS than at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
"No person will walk where automobiles move," is how British architect Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe described his town of the future, "and no car can encroach on the area sacred to the pedestrian."