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Book Readers As Envisioned Circa 1935

This early 20th century sketch showcases the future of books; thankfully the actual delivery of the concept proved to be a bit more lap-friendly.

The sketch is from the April, 1935 issues of Everyday Science and Mechanics and presents a vision of book consumption that, thankfully, came to pass in a much more compact fashion that doesn’t require swapping rolls of film.

[via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/22/12

Comments (4)

  1. Thane

    pretty sure this did come to pass. It’s called microfiche / microfilm

  2. r

    …love the smoking jacket, very nice touch; something that Bruce Wayne would wear
    while lounging around the mansion.

  3. GG

    You can get the same thing by strapping two magnifying glasses to your head, and paying your kid to stand there and turn the pages for you!

  4. jthelw

    Nifty device! Pretty big (and heavy), though. In reality, we used a version of this device in the late 1900’s for my father when he had severe vision problems.

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