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Blast From the Past: The Cavitron

When I was a kid, I used to love reading old issues of Popular Mechanics from the ’50s and ’60s. Yeah, the space-age retro-chic was cool, but what always fascinated me was the huge number of “next big things”, all the predictions of “by 1965, every household in the world will own one”, which had completely failed to materialize. I’m not talking about cool stuff that had their glory days and then disappeared (spirit duplicators, anyone?), but the cool stuff that, in today’s parlance, “never made it out of beta”. I still want an electromagnetic rail gun… but I digress.

Anyway, it seems that Popular Mechanics and the various, competing geek magazines of the era weren’t the only ones that featured soon-to-be-forgotten technical wonders. Buried deep in the Life photo archive are around one hundred images a machine called the Cavitron, and the people – apparently – responsible for it.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on December 11th, 2008 | 2 Comments »