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Designing Modern AmericaBroadway to Main Street$
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Christopher Innes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108040

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108040.001.0001

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The World of Tomorrow

The World of Tomorrow

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(p.145) 8 The World of Tomorrow
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Designing Modern America
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Christopher Innes

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108040.003.0008

This chapter describes Futurama as a multiple event. Almost a year before the 1939 World's Fair opened, highway sections of the model had been exhibited at the New York Society of Engineers, and as Road Builder's News commented in July 1939, its innovations and overall concept were “enthusiastically endorsed by leading highway engineers.” It influenced the Pennsylvania Turnpike—America's first limited-access superhighway—which opened in October 1940 and was immediately dubbed “the magic motorway” after the title of Bel Geddes's book on highway design. By now many aspects of Bel Geddes's motorway design have become so universal that it's hard to imagine that they came from the mind of a single person.

Keywords:   highway sections, Society of Engineers, innovations, overall concept, highway engineers

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