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These Vintage Ads Prove We Had No Idea What The Future Would Actually Look Like

The Jetson family wave as they fly past buildings in space in their spaceship in a still from the animated television series,
The Jetson family wave as they fly past buildings in space in their spaceship in a still from the animated television series, 'The Jetsons,' circa 1962. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)

If you thought "The Jetsons" was far-fetched, think again. While you may laugh at the idea of every household having a robot, flying cars, and supercomputers, it was the beginning of the Space Age in the 1950s and 1960s, and futurism was all the rage. And if these vintage ads and images are anything to go by... it's exactly what people wanted to see.

They were right on about some things... but the design could use a little work.

These days, we have a word for "a phone that talks back": voicemail.

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Air-conditioned public transport seems to be doing the trick for us.

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Automatic sliding doors turned out to be a much easier solution.

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We're till working on this one... although Amazon drones could be on the way.

This actually looks a little dangerous...

This looks familiar... self check-in anyone?

You can now get practically everything delivered to you ... from late-night cookies to your favorite sweet and sour chicken.

They were right. Food trucks are simply delightful.

Good God... please let us see these in our lifetime.

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