Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Future of Glass (1958)

The December 11, 1958 Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune (Chillicothe, MO) quotes Smith Rairdon, director of marketing for Owens-Illinois Glass Company, about the future of glass. His quotes appear below.
"In the year 2008 a bride will be carried over the threshold of a glass house. Her kitchen may be glass-walled with a glass refrigerator, glass chairs, shelves and cabinets.

"She'll cook with throwaway glass containers which she plucks from the supermarket shelves, uses as cooking utensils in an electronic oven and then places on a dining table as serving dishes."

According to Rairdon, more glass will go into walls and roofs than ever before, as well as into clothing fabrics, household curtains, rugs and other furnishings.

He chose the year 2008 because it will be the 400th anniversary of this country's first industry - a small glass plant in Jamestown, Va.

See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
Frigidaire Kitchen of the Future (1957)
That 60's Food of the Future
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)
Call a Serviceman (Chicago Tribune, 1959)
The Electronic Brain Made Beef Stew (1959)
Something must be wrong with its radar eye! (Chicago Tribune, 1959)
Computersville is almost here (1970)

14 comments:

Antinous said...

Well, we've got glass dildoes....

Jack Generic said...

He's right about walls, if you count fiberglass.

Yorrike said...

What's this obsession the futurists of old have with disposable items?

Anonymous said...

I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Are you listening?

Plastics. errr.. GLASS! I meant glass... damn!

--Bonnach

robotriot said...

Well, in modern architecture there's a lot of steel and glass actually nowadays. We've even got glass balustrades here in our uni.

Dr. Schluss said...

What would I want tot live in a glass house? People would see my love handles and me picking my nose and stuff.

Wutzke said...

I was going to ask the same think, yorrike. No wonder our planet's so screwed up today. Scientists in the '50s must have had some weird phobia about dirty things. "Clothes dirty! Dishes dirty! Must get rid of the dirt!"

Kind of puts Howard Hughes' late-in-life germ obsessions in an interesting light.

Scott Haley said...

Not all glass is transparent. Just remember never to throw stones.

Britt said...

In the dystopian novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, the buildings were all made of glass—a very uncomfortable notion.

Allen said...

yorrike & wutzke,
I think the disposable obsession grew out of a concern for perceived future water shortages. If we can throw stuff away after one use, then we're not using up water to wash them, or polluting the water source with soaps.

That, and I think they figured it would appeal to housewives: no more washing the dishes or doing laundry in the future!

Janet said...

He got the electronic oven part right, oddly enough.

I'd personally welcome a greater use of glass. It's easily recyclable, and easier to keep clean than plastic. And it probably is a wiser choice in a microwave.

Jack Generic said...

You're right Allen,

This obsession with disposable everything came primarily from the unwanted (and time wasting) chores that go with clean up after meals, laundry, etc. These chores used to take much longer than now, with the tools they had to do them with. Not to mention, not as effective, either. It's the same with the food pill thing. Meals took hours to produce, so why not eliminate that chore with pills? Advances in apliances made the latter unnecessary, and eco-awareness made the former a bitter food pill to swallow.

GuanoLad said...

Whatever you do, don't throw any stones!

duckncvr said...

"her Kitchen"... "She cooks.." Huh!?