Looking Back On Tomorrow (Sep, 1977)
Reading this ad sure takes me back. I know that the first thing I think about when I remember the seventies is the Fairchild F-8 microprocessor. Doesn’t everybody?
Looking Back On Tomorrow
“Science Fiction, my electronic eye.” great-grandfather said.
“Half the time it’s not fiction at all, just premature fact.”
by Boni Peluso
“Well, Bobby, how about a story before bedtime?” great-grandfather asked as he tucked me snugly into my weightless bubble.
“Oh, yes tell me some more about the old days and what they were like.”
He smiled and squeezed my arm. “OK son, I know just the thing. Long ago, back in 1999, I was being transferred from a unit control center in the New City to Space Station Zenith 1. While packing I found an old, old copy of Scientific American. It was yellow and rumpled and dated â€” imagine thisâ€”September 1977! At that time periodicals were printed on sheets of wood pulp!’ “Wow! No playback cards?”
A BOAT ON WHEELS. (Apr, 1902)
These people are so freaking cool.
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A BOAT ON WHEELS.
BY JOHN L. VON BLON.
The queerest ship that ever sailed is a yacht on wheels, a graceful land-going clipper, that glides over the pathless stretches of sun-blistered plain, and carries her plucky navigators to and from their gold mine in the desert. Solitary gold hunters who have seen her white sails silhouetted against the bleak brown background in their aimless wanderings have brought to the outer world strange and ludicrous tales of a phantom ship that sped by them like a bird on the wing. The spectacle of a trim-built craft such as ordinarily belongs to the sea skimming over that barren expanse where not a drop of water ever falls might well alarm less superstitious persons.
IBM 1001 DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM (Dec, 1961)
Yup, this is a punched card modem.
IBM 1001 DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
… new low cost way to send punched card data… by telephone
This IBM 1001 Data Transmission System lets you send business information in punched card form, from any office, plant or department to your central data processing installation at the cost of a telephone call.
It speeds collection of information concerning inventory, purchases, payroll, production, etc., keeps you continually informed of what’s happening in your business while it’s happening.