We all know about the wonderful all-plastic House of the Future that once stood in Disneyland; but today I learned about another nearly all-plastic house that still stands in Texas.
It is the awe-inspiring Wilson House that served as a pioneer in early plastic laminates starting in the 1950s. The house is open for tours. There is even an online museum with more information about the founder of the company and builder of the house.
I've written a lot about early Hollywood. For some unknown reason the early years of filmmaking in California hold a special appeal for me. I read every book I can find -- especially contemporary accounts, which are very few in number and difficult to find; and watch every documentary I can. Unfortunately, I cannot do the one thing I really want: go back in time and actually watch history being made. How cool would it be to go back to Edendale in the early 1900s and watch the first films being made, to see how filmmaking evolved from the early crazy years to the crazier 1920s then 1930s.
Until time travel is perfected, I have found a method of virtual time travel: watching Hollywood's own films about Hollywood's own early days. I don't mean films today and their sloppy, romanticized attempts to recreate vintage Hollywood; rather, films from the 1920s - 1950s that show what was happening in those earlier days.
To get a taste of what early Hollywood was like I recommend the following: