Yesterday's Future J. Scriba

“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

Darryl Zanuck, 1946
[movie producer, 20th Century Fox]
The varnished television sets from the fifties shine like grand pianos. Their wooden housings with golden knobs seem naked on the cold steel shelves without the doilies they wore in wealthy homes, while across the aisle portable TVs celebrate the end of the vacuum tube with slogans like “all Transistor” stamped onto their injection-moulded plastic cases.
Sony’s “Watchman” with its grainy black and white screen was stored in its original box, and it’s just a matter of time before the iPad turns up.