Friday, January 1, 2010

The Future is Now, or Then, or Something

Fashion in the Year 1960

according to the year 1940

Wearing a dress of the year 1960, Miss Futurama, Betty Crain, presents Harvey D. Gibson, chairman of the board of the New York World's Fair, with the General Motors streamlined car of 1960 in these photos from 1940.

Indiana girls, employees of General Motors, stand by as "Miss Futurama" Betty Crain, of Kokomo, Indiana, presents Harvey D. Gibson, chairman of the Fair Board of Directors with a model of a 1960 streamlined automobile during the celebration of General Motors Day at the World's Fair of 1940 in New York. 
Left to Right -- Evelyn Reason, of Anderson, A.J. Schamehorn, Director of the G.M. exhibit at the Fair, Miss Crain, Mr. Gibson, [unreadable] Edwards, also of Anderson, Evelyn Harger, of Muncie, Myrtle Short, of Indianapolis, and Jean Stines, of Anderson. The girls all wear dresses of glass, rubber, acetate and rayon, known as "Dresses of 1960."

The "girls" are wearing glass dresses?  Hey, why not more close-ups? 

Why does everyone assume people in the future will lose all fashion sense and start wearing wacky clothing?  Hey, wait.  They were talking about the sixties, after all.  Just other kinds of wacky.  Pastels, paisley, bell-bottoms, miniskirts. 

But, dangit, why not a glass miniskirt? 

I feel sorry for [unreadable] Edwards.  What were her parents thinking, to give her such a name!

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