Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Classic Texts, Part I: A Brave New World

Kendall and I have begun organizing our books, a pack-rat's paradise of college textbooks, hand-me-down novels, and heirloom classics. One little pearl is When You Marry, a marriage prep book published in 1945. Aside from its cover art (a lasso?!), which speaks volumes about the book's content, the final chapter, "Tomorrow's Family," should not be missed:

"[M]ass production of housing units has advanced to the point where the prospects are indeed exciting. First, there will be available houses built in sections in such a way that they can be easily altered to fit the needs of a growing family. Interchangeable units, like automobile parts, will enable a family to replace worn portions and change the interior of a home to accommodate the tastes of the growing children."

But that's not all, folks: "Tomorrow's housekeeping will be simplified by dust-catching wires in the living rooms, and an electronic device, called the preciptron [(!)], which will remove all dust and smoke from the kitchen."

And there's more: "Life in the kitchen will be made infinitely more attractive by the availability of prefabricated glass kitchen units with glass oven, refrigerator, cabinets, etc."

Costco does not seem to carry the preciptron yet--it must still be in beta testing. We have much to look forward to.

Stay tuned for an enlightening lesson from Elementary Geography, a fascinating geography primer published in 1921.

1 comment:

  1. I have indeed been enlightened. And dang--I could really use all those handy dandy gadgets and such.