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The Future World Visions According To Arthur Radebaugh

In the 1950s and ‘60s, illustrator and futurist Arthur Radebaugh thrilled newspaper readers with his weekly syndicated visions of the future, in a Sunday strip enticingly called “Closer Than We Think”. The newspaper cartoonist dreamed up a madcap utopia, filled with flying cars and fantastical skyscrapers.

“Closer Than We Think” ran for five years in newspapers across the United States and Canada, reaching about 19 million readers at its peak.

Enjoy these future visions, like mailmen making their daily rounds via jet packs, schoolrooms with push-button desks, tireless robots working in warehouses.

1. Rejuvenated Downtowns

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2. Solar-Powered Cars

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3. Glass Domed Houses

4. Super-sized Crops

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5. Robot Warehouses

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6. Push-Button Education

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7. Walking Machines

8. Flying Carpet Car

9. Jetpack Mailmen

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10. Highway to Russia

11. Space Mayflowers

12. Wristwatch TV

13. Pogo Cop Cars

14. One World Job Market