Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"Retire? Yeah, I want to die with my head in the typewriter. That's my idea of retirement."
- Alfred Bester

Metal Foil Advertisement  
  An advertising circular made out of metal.  

She had opened the suction mail tube and there was the metal foil advertisement: ROME AND THE BORGIAS! THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AT KITTY HAWK! Travel in Time, Inc., can costume you, put you in a crowd during the assassination of Lincoln or Caesar!
From The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury.
Published by Doubleday in 1951
Additional resources -

I'm not sure when the first metal foil advertisements were sent around (mostly for the novelty value, I assume - advertisers will do anything to attract your attention).

I found this newspaper item on a printed aluminum foil advertisement that was presented in a newspaper (the Milwaukee Sentinel) in 1958:

A glittering "first" for that Sentinel will appear in all editions next Tuesday - the first printed aluminum foil advertisement in newspaper history...

Both sides will be printed, in seven colors on the foil side and two on the paper side.

The advertisement is sponsored jointly by the Reynolds Metals Co., the producers of the foil, and the Robert A. Johnson Co. of Milwaukee, which is using the advertisement to introduce a "first" of its own - its new Saltine package, first to feature a Reynolds foil overwrap.
(From 'Sentinel to Mark Ad Milestone': Milwaukee Sentinel, 1958)

SF writers have long been fascinated by advertising in all its forms. See the advertising airship from Ridley Scott's movie Blade Runner, atmospheric advertising from Jules Verne's 1889 In the Year 2889 and the living advertising characters from Alfred Bester's 1956 classic The Stars My Destination.

This comes from his short story The Fox and the Forest, which is a part of The Illustrated Man story collection.

Thanks to Connor Lawrence for sending in the quote for this item.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 0 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from The Illustrated Man
  More Ideas and Technology by Ray Bradbury
  Tech news articles related to The Illustrated Man
  Tech news articles related to works by Ray Bradbury

Articles related to Culture
Xinhua AI Anchor Puts CGI Face To Automated News
Wirewax Watching You Watch, Adjusting Your Experience
Disney Keeps Backups Of Star Wars Franchise Actors
Deepfakes Imperil Democracy (George Orwell, Right Again)

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Soon, Your Tesla Will Follow You Like A Pet
'... follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound.'

Chinese Watrix Gait Recognition Watching You Always
'... those pesky gait-recognition cameras.'

FlexPai Foldable Phone By Royole
'...A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled.'

Oh Yes, We're Building The Rotating Tower In Dubai
'Give me an old-fashioned tetragon on a central pivot every time.'

Bioreactor Helps Legless Frogs Get Their Jump Back
'An alien drug... Used by an insect race... It can repair bones and organs. It can grow new tissue."

Xinhua AI Anchor Puts CGI Face To Automated News
'...a congeries of software agents.'

Wirewax Watching You Watch, Adjusting Your Experience
'He adjusted the n, the r and b knobs, and hopefully anticipated a turn for the better...'

LawGeex AI Beats 20 Top Lawyers
'The Law Society has strict rules on the use of pseudo-intelligent software - terrified of putting... its members out of work.'

ROAM Robotics Skiing Exoskeleton
'The real genius in the design is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it...'

MIT Headset Lets You Communicate Without Speaking
'The subvocal read nerve signals, letting her enter words by just beginning to will them...'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.