Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A. (1958)

On May 14, 1958 the Disneyland TV program ran an episode called “Magic Highway, U.S.A.” It examined the past, present and (paleo)future of transportation. The 2719 Hyperion blog has a great breakdown of the episode.

Below is a short clip of the episode as well as some paleo-futuristic still images. Many thanks to Paul at Waltopia for the video.

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Update: The entire segment is below.

As father chooses the route in advance on a push-button selector, electronics take over complete control. Progress can be accurately checked on a synchronized scanning map. With no driving responsibility, the family relaxes together. En route business conferences are conducted by television.

The house of the future (1958)

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Teleconferencing in the commute of the future (1958)

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The commute of tomorrow (1958)

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The driverless car of the future (1958)

I really wish that Disney would release this as part of their Walt Disney Treasures collection. (Maybe an entire DVD devoted to Disney paleo-futurism?) Better yet, they could offer every Disneyland program on iTunes or use an advertising-based model. I know that Disney likes to make their offerings scarce through limited release DVDs, but the free flow of information just breeds piracy if “legitimate” copies aren’t made available.

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I’ll get off my soapbox now. Enjoy.

This post originally appeared at Paleofuture.com.

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