Bell Telephone Indoctrinates Teens at Seattle World's Fair

Two peppy, Aryan teenagers learn how tomorrow's communication technology will help us live happily ever after in "Century 21 Calling," a Bell Telephone promo film shot at the Seattle World's Fair in 1964. After disembarking the monorail, the kids run through the fairgrounds, gawking at foreigners and passing up the peepshow (add Elvis and essentially this is the plot of his 1963 movie, "It Happened At The World's Fair").

The United States Science Exhibit is chock-full of giant rotating molecules and trained pigeons. Finally, the kids jump line at the Bell Telephone pavilion and we learn about the Bell Boy, a brick-sized beeper for "doctors, salesmen, deliverymen" (you know, important people), as well as a slew of other phone services that are portrayed as making life easier for housewives: autodialing, call waiting, and conference calling—all of which came to pass, but not for another 15 or 20 years. Cell phone technology is curiously absent. Who wins the dialing race between brand-new push button and old-fashioned rotary model phones? Click over to the Prelinger Archives to find out!