Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Future Is Here, Tomorrow

I'm no blogger "purist" so I have no hesitation about falling back on content from YouTube on occasion. And because I recognize that most followers have short attention spans (at least I do) I try to keep video segments short.

Such is the case with this gem which I stumbled upon recently: "Eve, AD 2000!" A news reel clip from the 1930's showing the fashions women will be wearing in the "future" (eleven years ago).

Hey I'm still waiting for the flying car and personal jet pack that, back in 1957, promised to get me to and from the office! Enjoy!

Runtime: 1m:30s

17 comments:

Jerry said...

I'm not sure, but they may have got it right with some of the shoes.

I also thought it interesting that they expressed the year as 2,000.

Nance said...

Well, they didn't get it all wrong, did they? Cantilevered shoes, check. Vanished skirts, check. Men's belts equipped with phones, check. And I believe Lady Gaga has worn most of those outfits, including the glass wedding gown, at one time or another. That pointy-shouldered get-up looks tailor-made for her.

I'm still waiting for those cars that drive themselves on rails.

Anonymous said...

Huh ??

alwaysinthebackrow said...

Yes, Nance has it right....they had some things spot on. But it interesting that the stated goal for all of the "outfits" was to get a man, and that the men had better be careful about being caught.
Yikes! I am not sure how far we've come on that part.

Antares Cryptos said...

Using videos is not pure?
I'd be posting once a month if I couldn't use them (sometimes as "fillers").

It is strange seeing that it took 70 years to get a personal phone.

I will be waiting to the end of time for a teleporter.

Imagine the accidents if flying cars existed.

Robert the Skeptic said...

Jerry I only recently discovered that a scant 100 years ago, there was no such thing as left and right shoes.

Nance I think you are onto some there regarding Lady Gaga. But I bet the stupid business suit and tie will be the same in the year 4000.

Backrow It didn't say what would happen to those men once they were caught. I am not sure if Dr. Zarkoff at the end of the video was much of a catch anyway.

Cryptos I always wondered how that would work, all those personal gyrocopters and jet packs flying into each other. What a mess that would be.

Paul said...

Isn't it 1936 ??

Justin said...

Nice video. Following your blog!

kiwi-monster said...

"Swish!"
I find it funny that people thought we would have 'adaptable' clothing. That would be kind of cool. But instead we have specialized clothing and some people change a lot (business casual clothes, home slobbing out clothes, dressy clothes, gardening clothes, work-out clothes, etc.). I did see some fancy underwear in Peak Sports that claimed to be the last pair of underwear you would ever need to buy! Go synthetics!

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Really. Where the H is my hover car?

Robert the Skeptic said...

Dawn Nope, not yet at least. I checked his blog, seems like a guy after my heart, though.

Paul With some of the going's on currently, I have the check the calendar to reassure myself we are in the 21st century.

Kiwi Some nameless young many whom we both know once asked why one needed underwear in the first place. I'm guessing he has discovered their practicality by now... hopefully.

Dawn Donno, I'm still dealing with singed Polyester pant legs from the exhaust from my personal jet pack.

secret agent woman said...

I'm disappointed we didn't get flying cars and jet packs, too. We were robbed!

Jayne said...

Wow--they sure saw John Galliano coming down the runway. (Or maybe Galliano saw this clip!)

Loved this!

Robert the Skeptic said...

SecretAgent Worse yet were the jobs they advertised in the back of "Popular Science" and "Popular Mechanics"; I was always hoping I could make a good living sharpening saws or working nights as a Street Light Inspector.

Jayne I am sure these outfits are still worn today... at Halloween.

Sonia Marsh/Gutsy Living said...

Interesting how women do wear pants more, although skirts are still here. I wonder if the belt has something to do with global warming!

Infidel753 said...

It's always striking to me how essentially timid and unimaginative these past predictions were. They thought clothes might be adaptable to different times of day, but they didn't think that the practice of dressing differently for different times of day might become obsolete for most people. They speculated about future bridal gowns, but it never occurred to them that the 21st-century bride might be marrying another bride.

I don't have a flying car or a jet pack to get me to the office, but most days I don't go to the office -- I do my job from home, over the internet. A much more desirable innovation.

I will grant that the outfit shown briefly on the man would not actually be worn today by anybody other than an extra in a very poorly-conceived re-make of Buck Rogers vs Ming the Merciless.

As for the women's outfits, I'm most pleased by something else they apparently didn't anticipate back then -- mini-skirts.

Robert the Skeptic said...

Gutsy The "Sun Belt" probably does.

InfidelI'm all for mini-skirts.