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Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of Our Fantastic Future

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Promises for the future were made; some sadly broken and some unfortunately honored. While we didn't get household jetpacks and personal serving-drinks-by-the-pool robots, or even our orgasmatrons, we did get things like the super-fantastic building materials of the future-asbestos, lead, and foam.

So just what was the utopian master plan for future households during the early twentieth century? Follies of Science is the keeper of such knowledge, offering glimpses into sparkling, smooth lead paint covering our living room walls, dazzling DDT foggers killing mosquitoes dead, alchemists transforming atoms into gold and diamonds, homeowners living in The Foam House of the Future, and, of course, commuters blasting away on their jet packs to work. Utopian indeed.

Aptly illustrated with full-color and black-and-white classic imagery, the visions of the future spread across page after page, pulling the reader in to what could have been and what shouldn't have been.

Eric Dregni has written nine books, including Midwest Marvels, The Scooter Bible, Ads that Put America on Wheels, and Grazie a Dio non sono bolognese. As a 2004 Fulbright Fellow to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Dregni researched Scandinavian culture and roots for a forthcoming book. His time is divided between Italy, Norway, and Minneapolis where he is the curator for El Dorado Conquistador Museum and guitarist for the mock-rock trio Vinnie & the Stardusters.

Synopsis:

The early twentieth century's futuristic utopian plans for your home and lifestyle--in vivid color and detail!

About the Author

Eric Dregni has written nine books including Midwest Marvels, The Scooter Bible, and Ads that Put America on Wheels. A 2004 Fulbright Fellow to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, his time is divided between Italy, Norway, and Minneapolis where he is the curator for El Dorado Conquistador Museum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933108094
Author:
Eric Dregni and Jonathan Dregni
Publisher:
Speck Press
Author:
Dregni, Jonathan
Author:
Dregni, John
Author:
Dregni, Eric
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
112 Color and BandW illustrations and ph
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.00 x 9.00 in

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » History
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » Technology

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