vintage monorail

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Oh, now HERE’S something to look forward to!

Don Hahn, producer of damned near every one of Disney greatest animated films of the 1990s, has written a book about two of my favorite aesthetics – early Disneyland and mid-century modern: Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century.

Publisher’s description: “Yesterday’s Tomorrow is a valentine to an era of optimism, relaxed lifestyle, and innovative design; a large-format, general audience book, illustrated with rarely seen art and photography of the mid-20th century reflecting the unique style that Walt Disney and his artists contributed to the era. If you’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, read Dwell Magazine, shopped at Design Within Reach, or watched Mad Men, this book is for you and all those who love this extraordinary era of Disney.”

UPDATE: You can now pre-order it on Amazon!

Amazon Associates link for Yesterday’s Tomorrow: http://amzn.to/2tntavK

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, July 5, 1896

The Queerest of Bicycles.

The above is a faithful reproduction of a bicycle railroad patented by a Patterson, N.J., man. It is not meant for long distances or general traffic. It is intended to be used on short trips from city in suburban points. It consists of a single rail and a double track which can be used going and coming. The driving power is applied to the front wheel as shown, in cut.

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‘SEE THE FAIR FROM THE AIR’: RIDE THE AMF MONORAIL - THE NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR, 1961 by Scout Paget