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One of the remarkable things about the 1940s and 1950s is the clarity of vision of some of the people who saw how technology would change the way in which people lived in the future. This illustration is from one of my favourite books from the late 1940s, early 1950s (it’s undated). Flights into the Future features fact and fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and others. It’s full of colour plates on shiny paper and numerous black and white drawings.
It would be 20 years before anyone did walk on the moon. It’s now over forty years since they last walked on the moon. Only 12 men have ever been there. Where’s our optimism and vision of a better future now?