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Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future

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The now ubiquitous driver with only one hand on the wheel (the other clutching a telephone) was anticipated in this 1948 drawing by Leo Rackow. It crops up in an entertaining new paperback, Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future (Abrams, £12.95) - the perfect gift for Jan Kaplicky.

What surprises in this anthology, culled largely from sci-fi and popular science magazines, is how sane and prescient so much of it seems.

A 1952 drawing, 'Why Don't We Build Floating Airports?', is the clear precursor of Kansai.

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