Missing the Changes

Recently I ran into this prediction of what an airliner of 1988 would look like in 1988. The thing is a reasonable extapolation of late 1930’s technology. Here it is.

A huge flying boat with huge radial engines. Of course that was totally wrong.

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Horseshoe Nails.

For the last forty years or so, the trend in American politics, culture and the intellectual elites of the country has been to ignore the deindustrialization of the country. In fact the elites have been enablers of the process through polices and behaviors that strangled the industrial companies and their business.

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Even More Treasures, from research odds and ends

The internet continues to provide.

Telephone stuff.

http://phones.quickfound.net/


Boston in 1930


Flying boats.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2017/12/15/the-long-lost-world-of-the-luxury-flying-boat/


Two Coney Island videos.


Transcontinental air service.

https://www.americanheritage.com/content/transcontinental-air-transport-inc


Public baths in NYC?

https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/this-church-was-once-the-1905-allen-street-baths/

https://ny.curbed.com/2014/7/7/10078888/what-became-of-new-york-citys-ubiquitous-public-bathhouses

https://untappedcities.com/2017/09/06/vintage-nyc-photography-nycs-public-baths/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asser_Levy_Public_Baths


1929 Boston Marathon.


Fourth Ave bookstores.

https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/solitary-browsing-on-fourth-avenues-book-row/


More NYC stuff.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/then-vs-now-1920s-new-york-city?utm_term=.mkggrr6zA&sub=2200722_1143020#.ip63oo6ZG

http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-lost-louis-stern-mansion-no-993.html


Some construction videos.


1920’s farming.

Antique machines.


Speed boats

More Research Odds and ends.

Here’s some more link and related stuff. In this post I’m going to do things like link to books in my library as well. Do I think that everybody will be able to access naval academy textbooks from the 1930’s? Not really, but I never expected to find them either, but when I did I bought them. and the set of The History of Technology and that book on farm life in the Nineteenth Century.  The reason I have those references is that that I was open to buying them in the first place. As a writer the goal to be to write a book that Sarah Hoyt will not throw across the room. Your goal should be to not insult the reader’s intelligence, not go so far off the deep end that reader never wants to come back.  You should do enough world building that the reader will feel comfortable living in that  world.

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