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May012010

Will Science Harness Sun Power After the War? (1942)

In 1942, with World War II raging, people were naturally thinking about what a post-War world might look like.

Once the present world-wide orgy of destruction has come to an end, there will be a tremendous job of reconstruction to do. Ruined cities, factories, power stations will have to be rebuilt, wrecked railroads and highways relaid, blasted mines and oil wells reopened, sunken ships replaced.

This syndicated piece by Dr. Frank Thone, found in the March 22, 1942 Galveston Daily News (Galveston, TX), imagines a world -- should it not be destroyed outright-- on which humanity could build a bright new future using the latest in solar power technologies. The entire piece appears below.

1942 March 22 Galveston Daily News - Galveston TX paleofuture

(While doing a quick search to learn more about Dr. Thone I found this interesting article he wrote in 1934.)

 

Previously on Paleo-Future:

 

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Reader Comments (3)

If only...If only Jimmy Carter had gotten a second term.

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

Some smart thinking back then. But we still are a long way from truly harnessing the power.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I like the fact that Dr. Thone actually thought the entire world would be destroyed outright, and that he thought humanity would have the wear-with-all to rebuild by "harnessing the power of the sun"
Electrician

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElectrician

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