Good morning! This day in Disney history, May 14th,1958. The "Walt Disney Presents" TV series features episode 99 - "Magic Highway U.S.A." written & produced by Ward
Kimball. A film teaching viewers about highway development. The first 45 minutes of the show teaches viewers about highway development. Archival footage provided by the University of Michigan shows cars traveling on the unpaved Lincoln Highway circa 1913. And footage provided by the Horseless Carriage Club recreating the efforts of early motorists. The last 15 minutes of the episode (the best part IMO) features a sleek & stylized presentation of "future" America, Informally titled “The Road Ahead". If anything is a shining example of 1950s futurism, it is certainly these 15 minutes. Sleek & stylized, its concepts images portray a fun & exciting vision of future America. Sadly, so much that it predicted still has yet to be realized. We have yet to see the likes of multicolored travel lanes, radiant heat to clear rain & snow, radar screen windshields, giant road builders, atomic reactors that tunnel through mountains, & highway escalators, just to name a few of its high concept innovations.
To watch: http://is.gd/9ofRkA
What's your favorite concept for the future highway?
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