Friday, January 04, 2008

Space Age Seattle

I found this picture on another blog that picked it up from yet another blog, VintageSeattle.org. It was drawn in 1914 to represent what Seattle would look like in 2014. To me, it is hilarious. Gondolas in Elliot Bay? No way. And a sky full of blimps? Actually, during Seafair, we have a blimp overhead for an entire month so this is not far off. Also, it was pointed out that the ultra space agey looking structure is not too wildy different from our Space Needle. The Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle is also in existence for tourists.

In 1914, my Grandpa was up on Stevens Pass trying to make a living cooking and working in the railroad camps and doing a little fur trapping. My Grandma was probably planning her escape from England. She had not yet arrived in Washington. My other grandparents were 13 and 14 years old and living in Montana. Big city life in America was foreign to all of them.

But how weird is it that I personally knew four people who were alive at the time this drawing was imagined and created?!

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What they thought Seattle would look like in 2014 in the year 1914.

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Seattle will probably look more like this in 2014.