Book, Futurama, 1939
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.
Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles.
The Futurama exhibit was one of the most popular pavilions in the 1939 World’s Fair. Designed by Norman Bel Geddes, the huge diorama presented a section of the U.S. revitalized with improved and expanded highways. The miniature streets, towns, homes, and vehicles imagined a future designed for a continually improving automobile that would be increasingly important to daily life.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, T785 K1G32 1939.
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Its dimensions are
18 × 41.5 cm (7 1/16 × 16 5/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.