05 January 2007

The Internet, 1960

Don't let anybody fool you into thinking the Web came into being in the '90s. The Internet was alive and well long before Al Gore had his first case of termites and spelling "HTTP" with his Alpha-Bits.

That's right, gang, between cooking a roast (the husband's bringing the boss home for dinner, again) and cleaning the tops of the curtain rods wearing your pearls, chiffon dress and other feminine finery while watching your stories on the Sylvania, you could interact with your favorite store and ... shop online! What convenience! What value! And you won't have to miss Search for Tomorrow, either -- Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur is getting married again, and it behooves you not to miss it.

This picture is from one of those "Live Better Electrically" magazine adverts from the late '50s/early '60s, promising all the things coming down the pike, thanks to Reddy Kilowatt and those ugly overhead squirrel-killin' power lines. I found it at a really cool website called www.plan59.com -- "The Museum of Mid-Century Illustration"

It amused me, which is why it's here. That's all.

Ciao for niao.

--Talmadge "Duck and Cover" Gleck

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