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The Boundless Library

The New York Public Library has put some of its treasures online and made an iPad app on the 1939-40 World’s Fair Collection:

Enter the World of Tomorrow through one of the Library’s richest and most heavily used archival collections: the official corporate records of the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, from technological innovation and classical music, to pop culture and a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship. This website and the free Biblion iPad app take you all but literally into the Library’s legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve. Experience documents, images, films, audio, and essays directly from the collections — and explore not only what the Fair teaches us about the past, but also the future…

One of the films is this one: a 1940’s view on robots and cars (and women, in a way…)

Great specialFX from 6:14!!