Illustration for article titled Aerial Mono-Flyer of the Future (1918)

The August, 1918 cover of Hugo Gernsback’s Electrical Experimenter magazine featured the “aerial mono-flyer of the future.”

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This monorail seems like only a modest improvement in safety over the 1930's sightseeing death-trap known as the sky toboggan. But the mono-flyer is assuredly a less safe concept than the monorail of William H. Boyes, built around 1911.

This image was found in the book Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future. According to the book, Gernsback introduced Electrical Experimenter in 1915 and changed the name of the magazine to Science and Invention in 1920.

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This post originally appeared at Paleofuture.com.

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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