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The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.

                   

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"Things Futuro" - My Collection Of Futuro Memorabilia, Collectibles, Books, & Magazines | Updated 042217 | Added 100112

My interest in the Futuro House quickly became my passion for the Futuro House and eventually, as I am sure my wife would say, my obsession with the Futuro House. I have now begun to collect books, magazines and other items that related to the Futuro House. This collection, as is the case with all collections, is starting off relatively small and with easy to obtain pieces but over time I hope to grow it into a collection worthy of a "Futuro Nut". Given that I will likely never have the resources to buy, transport and restore a Futuro this collection is, at least for me, the next best thing.

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The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive | Updated 120914 | Added 092714

The late Charles Cleworth was a long time entrepreneur and a significant investor in the Futuro House in the US. "Back in the day" Charles was the President of the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado and during the course of his involvement with the Futuro House he accumulated and stored many papers, documents, letters, plans, drawings and other items associated with the Futuro House and the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado. Charles Cleworth's family has passed this important contribution to Futuro history to TheFuturoHouse.com to be preserved and catalogued.

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Other Archives & Collections | Added 020715

In addition to this personal collection of "Things Futuro" and The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive TheFuturoHouse.com is also host to a couple of other smaller collections of historical items. At this time there is one collection that is a "digital" collection of photos and other items and one "physical" collection of drawings and photographs. Over time the hope is that other collections can be located and added here to add to the Futuro "knowledge collective" and also to ensure they are preserved.

Go To | The Colquhoun Archive | The De Martini Collection

Can You Help Translate Anything?

TranslateThere are several books, magazines and other items in this collection in languages other than English. Most will likely not contain any "new" information but without knowing exactly what they contain there is no way of knowing what hidden gems of information might be in them.

If you are able and would be willing to translate an item please click the Translate icon for that item to send an email requesting high res files for the purposes of translation. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. You would receive full attribution for the translation along with a link to your own website or other url and you would also have the satisfaction of knowing your are contributing to the Futuro knowledge store here on this website.

A Note On Copyright Material

Please note that this page contains screenshots of various books, magazines and other items in my collection. Most of these items, and certainly all of the books and magazines are subject to copyright and the images are deliberately of a fairly low resolution and are used here simply to catalogue my collection and to provide you with a glimpse of what you would be getting if you chose to follow a similar path to me and purchase any of these items for yourself. If you wish to display any of this subject matter on your own website or otherwise use it please respect the publishers copyright and purchase your own copy.

If You Are Planning To Buy Any Of The Books Or Items Listed Here Please Read

This page is not designed to be advertising and I am not trying to sell you anything. However there are expenses with keeping up a website and I spend a great deal of time researching and trying to maintain this site as the most up to date and complete Futuro House resource on the web. So if, and only if, you already intend to purchase for yourself something I have in this collection please consider using the links provided here to do so if the price is right [I strongly suggest exploring other online retailers as well before making a purchase; most of the links here are to Amazon and while their prices are mostly fair they are not always the cheapest]. Doing this will not increase your cost but it will earn me a small [and it is small] commission on the sale and you know what the proverbial "they" say - every little helps!

Newspapers | Updated 010717 | 10 [In addition to the items listed here more can be found in the The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive]

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Digital Only Newspapers & Articles | Updated 042217 | 49

While this collection is primarily a collection of "physical items" it is not unreasonable in this "internet age" to also include scans and/or photos of newspaper articles where I have been unable to obtain a physical copy of those newspapers. If anyone has, or is aware of, a copy of any newspaper included here that is for sale I would really appreciate it if you would let me know via email or by using my Contact Form.
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Voima | June/August 2012 Issue | Purchased 101913
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The June/August 2012 Issue of Voima, a free monthly tabloid newspaper published in Finland, contains a small article with a single photograph on Futuro #001 located at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

Voima Cover  Voima Page 53

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RakennusViesti | Volume 10 Number 4 | 052369 Issue | Purchased 120614
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Update 122014

Turns out my memory was faulty [as it increasingly seems to be these days] on this one. Marko Home emailed me and reminded me that Polykem had manufactured Futuros at a second plant in Ruotsinpyhtää after they had sold the original Futuro factory in Hiekkaharju which makes it most likely that the photo of a Futuro under construction was a shot taken in Ruotsinpyhtää.

As far as my suspect memory is concerned not only had I spoken to Marko about this before I also found two previous mentions of Ruotsinpyhtää on this very website; one on the Pöytyä page from all the way back in 2012 and a second in reference from earlier this year in the entry relating to one of the Futuro brochures in my collection.



Original Information 120914

Volume 10 Number 4 of the Finnish publication RakennusViesti [which I believe is no longer published based on this site] included a short article on the Futuro House on page 7. The article is accompanied by two photographs; one of a Futuro under construction and the second of a disassembled Futuro being loaded onto a truck.

In the hopes of figuring out what the article says and in particular establishing where the photo of the Futuro under construction was taken as I do not think I have seen this location in a photograph before I plugged the text of the article into Google Translate. Google Translate however does seem to struggle somewhat with the Scandinavian languages and this translation was no exception; parts of the article did not translate at all and other parts were even in English were difficult to understand.

As far as I can tell the article does not really provide any new information; it seems to be a fairly typical article with general information about the Futuro. The article does mention the Futuro House known to have been displayed and open to visitors at the Stockmann Department Store [in the yard?] in Helsinki and it also mention the 1968 Finnfocus exhibition at which Futuro #002 [now located in Matsalu, Estonia] was displayed on board the Finnpartner moored next to Tower Bridge in London; it was largely this exhibition that created interest in the Futuro outside Finland.

Interestingly the article also appears to mention a "Swiss Futuro" which it suggests was a copy of the Finnish original but with rectangular windows; there are no further details though the article appears to suggest that such a copy is a measure of the interest generated in the Futuro outside Finland.

As for the photos I initially thought that the article was suggesting the photo of the Futuro under construction was the Stockmann Department Store one but then that was displayed inside and the photo shows a Futuro being constructed outdoors. The photograph's caption, I think, mentions Ruotsinpyhtää [which is around 100km or so east of Helsinki] but I have never come across mention of a Futuro at that location.

In the end I have to conclude that, at least for me, this location is unidentified and so I have added it to the Unknown Locations section of this site; hopefully someone will recognize the location and let me know at which time I will update this section. The caption on the second photo, which shows a disassembled Futuro being loaded onto a truck appears to indicate the photo was shot somewhere in Sweden [or perhaps that the Futuro was being shipped to Sweden?].

Frankly I do not have a whole lot of confidence in my translation of the article so if anyone feels inclined to check it out and maybe correct any errors I have made please click the translate icon above to send me an email; I will reply with hi-res images of the article that can be read.

RakennusViesti Volume 10 Number 4 052369 Issue Cover  RakennusViesti Volume 10 Number 4 052369 Issue Page 7

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Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section | 052615 Issue | Purchased 062415



Helsingin Sanomat, published in Helsinki, is the largest Finnish daily newspaper. The culture section of the 062615 issue included a review of a TV show to be broadcast [I think] that day.

As best I can tell [Google Translate does not do particularly well with Finnish] the show, to be broadcast on YLe TV1, was a rerun of a show called "Digiajan lapset telttailevat 1970-luvun Suomessa" or "The children of the digital age in tents Finland in the 1970s" [if you go by Google Translate].

There is a brief mention of Futuro in the text and a photo of Futuro #001 at the WeeGee Exhibition Center; it is unclear to me to what extent Futuro was actually featured in the TV show.

Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section - 052615 Issue - Cover  Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section - 052615 Issue - Page B20

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DIGITAL ONLY | Iltalehti | 050512 | Added 080115



Iltalehti is a Helsinki based newspaper published Monday through Saturday. The 050512 issue contained a short piece on Futuro #001 which included the dates the Futuro would be displayed at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in its first year post restoration. There is also a nice photo of Futuro #001 nearing the completion of its reassembly on site at WeeGee.

Iltalehti 050512

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DIGITAL ONLY | Länsi Savo | 041412 | Added 080115



The 041412 issue of Mikkeli based daily newspaper Länsi Savo contained an article about the Futuro House. Specifically it appears to reference Futuro #001 and its restoration prior to being installed at WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The article also references the company Ekin Muovi which was involved [I believe] in the restoration of Futuro #001 [Ekin Muovi was also involved in the 2001 project to restore the Futuro now located in Kauhava and then transport and display it at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial in the grounds of the Ottoman Mint at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey].

Photos accompanying the article include one pre transport for restoration, a couple of interior shots and one post restoration shot that I am assuming was taken at the Ekin Muovi shop prior to the unit being moved to WeeGee.

This article is one of a number of very similar [at least as far as I can tell given that I cannot read Finnish] newspaper articles published around this time. Others can be found here, here and here.

Länsi Savo 041412 A  Länsi Savo 041412 B

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DIGITAL ONLY | Savon Sanomat | 120111 | Added 080115



Savon Sanomat is a Finnish daily newspaper published in Kuopio. In the 120111 issue there is an article about Futuro #001 and its restoration prior to being installed at WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The article also references the company Ekin Muovi which was involved [I believe] in the restoration of Futuro #001 [Ekin Muovi was also involved in the 2001 project to restore the Futuro now located in Kauhava and then transport and display it at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial in the grounds of the Ottoman Mint at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey].

Photos accompanying the article include a pre restoration shot and a number of shots of the Futuro during restoration in a disassembled state that I imagine would have been taken at the Ekin Muovi shop prior to the unit being moved to WeeGee.

This article is one of a number of very similar [at least as far as I can tell given that I cannot read Finnish] newspaper articles published around this time. Others can be found here, here and here. That said this particular article was published a few months prior to the others when the restoration was not as far advanced and so, unlike the other articles, this one does not include a photo of the restored Futuro in an assembled state.

Savon Sanomat 120111 A  Savon Sanomat 120111 B

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Der Reidemeister | #195 | 080313 Issue | Received 101915



Der Reidemeister #195 - 080313 - Page 1669Issue #195 of the German publication Der Reidemeister includes an article that offers a great deal of detail relating to the Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung der Welt [though limited information specifically regarding the Futuro House] which took place in the German town of Lüdenscheid in 1971.

Der Reidemeister is published by local historical group Geschichts- und Heimatverein Lüdenscheid e.V.,. My thanks to Rolf, secretary of the group, for sending me a copy of the publication which, while not technically a "newspaper", most closely resembles a newspaper in format and so is included on this page.

More information about the content of the article can be found in the IKA section of the Exhibitions Page.

Der Reidemeister #195 - 080313 - Page 1670-71

Der Reidemeister #195 - 080313 - Page 1672-73

Der Reidemeister #195 - 080313 - Page 1674-75

Der Reidemeister #195 - 080313 - Page 1676-77

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DIGITAL ONLY | Asbury Park Evening Express | 050672 Issue | Added 100116

The only "stretched" Futuro II-X of which I am aware was located in Harvey Cedars, NJ in the early 1970's. As far as I know it was later demolished and there are no remaining examples of this "stretched" version of the Futuro.

The 050672 issue of the Asbury Park Evening Express included an article that reported on the road transport of the Futuro from the manufacturing plant in Pleasantville, NJ to Harvey Cedars. The article includes a couple of photos and dates the delivery of the Futuro to the previous day, 050572. A little more information and larger photos can be found here.

Asbury Park Evening Press 050672 Issue Page 1  Asbury Park Evening Press 050672 Issue Page 4

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 010772 Issue | Added 100116

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 010772The 010772 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer includes an interesting and amusing story about a Futuro House that was located on a parking lot at 20th and JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia, PA.

This is one of several articles that document Futuros at multiple locations in Philadelphia during the early 1970's. Other articles appeared in The Evening Journal [090969], The Philadelphia Inquirer [031670] and the Philadelphia Daily News [070974]. Detailed information about all of these articles can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Philadelphia Daily News | 070974 Issue | Added 100116

Philadelphia Daily News 070974The 070974 issue of Philadelphia Daily News reported on a Futuro House located at 6th St. across from Washington Square in Philadelphia, PA. The Futuro had been destroyed in a fire a few days previously.

This is one of several newspaper articles that document Futuros at multiple locations in Philadelphia during the early 1970's.

Other articles appeared in The Evening Journal [090969], The Philadelphia Inquirer [031670] and The Philadelphia Inquirer [010772]. Detailed information about all of these articles can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 090595 Issue | Added 100116

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 090595The 090595 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer included a follow up to a previous article [080195] that was attempting to identify an "unknown" structure [that to me is clearly a Futuro] located in Pipersville, PA that was mounted atop a silo/shed type building close to Route 611.

In this article, despite comparisons to known Futuros, the reporter was unwilling to conclude the structure was actually a Futuro though in a third article a few days later [091195] he did finally reach that conclusion.

More detail along with a photo can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Florida Today | 100771 Issue | Added 100116

Florida Today - 100771The 100771 issue of Florida Today reported on the 1971 "Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung der Welt" [IKA] that was held outside the German town of Lüdenscheid.

The article was really just a couple of photos with a common caption; the caption was actually inaccurate in that it described the Futuro as having been designed Alco of Goslar, Germany.

In one photo the Futuro is seen in the background behind the Rondo; the other is an interior shot of a Futuro. More information and photos from the IKA can be found here.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Evening Journal | 081071 Issue | Added 100516

The Evening Journal 081071The 081071 issue of Willmington, DE publication The Evening Journal [now the News Journal] included a short article titled "Space Homes Mobile? Lewes Says They Are" which illustrates the challenges Futuro businesses faced in obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to site Futuro Houses.

The article specifically related to Joe Hudson's company New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. and reported on the Futuro House being classified as a "Mobile Home" by the Lewes City Council effectively barring a planned Futuro development.

More information can be found in the New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

This article also appeared in a second local publication, The Morning News, on the same day under the headline "Lewes Acts To Bar Homes Of Fiberglass".

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Sunday Times | 103171 Issue | Added 100516

The Sunday Times 1031711971 saw Joe Hudson, owner of New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. attempting to get regulatory approval for developments that would include Futuros and conventional homes.

In August 1971 a development in Lewes was effectively barred when the local city council deemed the Futuro to be a "mobile home" [The Morning News and The Evening Journal of 081071].

The 101571 issue of The Evening Journal included a short piece under the headline "OK Near on Fiberglass Houses?" that reported on a decision by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission to have their attorney draw up an agreement for possible approval of a development along Rt. 88 east of Milton, DE that would include Futuro Houses.

In this 103171 issue of the Salisbury, MD based publication The Sunday Times an article under the headline "2 Sussex Zoning Bids Are Denied" reports that the commission had approved recommending the project for approval by the County Council [the headline referred to to other projects that were not recommended for approval]. It is unclear if the council actually ever formally approved the project.

More information can be found in the New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Tennessean | 051770 Issue | Added 100516

The 051770 issue of Nashville, TN based The Tennessean included this two page article about the Futuro House under the headline "The Space Place".

The article includes descriptions of the Futuro along with comments and opinions from Jerry Free, president of the 21st Century Corporation. The article describes Free as:

"... a Nashville based marketer of structures like the ... Futuro II, which looks something like a styrofoam bagel"

and presumably the 21st Century Corporation had negotiated a license with the Futuro Corporation Of Philadelphia for marketing and distribution rights for the Futuro in the region.

More information can be found in the 21st Century Corporation section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

The Tennessean 051770 - Page 163  The Tennessean 051770 - Page 164

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Decatur Daily Review | 080870 Issue | Added 101516

The Decatur Daily Review 080870The 080870 issue of The Decatur Daily Review published in Decatur, Illinois carried an article about preparations for the upcoming Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois.

The article, "State Fairground To Come Alive On Thursday", referred to the fact that a Futuro would be displayed at the fair and included a photo that was captioned "Workmen get Futuro, a new housing design, ready for the fair. Futuro is located near the main gate."

More information can be found in the Modpod Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Daily Times | 082716 Issue | Added 102916

The Daily Times 082716Right around the end of August 2016 a story on the Milton Futuro and it's resident, Richard Garrett, appeared online and in several local newspaper editions. The story was by James Fisher and Jason Minto; it was very general in nature with no new information but it was accompanied by a nice set of both exterior and interior photos.

On 082716 Salisbury, MD based publication The Daily Times included this article under the headline "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish and sci-fi flavor".

The article also appeared in the 083016 and 090216 issues of The Daily Times under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton" and in the 092816 issue of the The Sunday News Journal under the headline "'Mad Men'-era home in Milton". The article can also be found online here.

For a little more information along with photos see the Milton Futuro page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Daily Times | 083016 Issue | Added 102916

The Daily Times 083016Right around the end of August 2016 a story on the Milton Futuro and it's resident, Richard Garrett, appeared online and in several local newspaper editions. The story was by James Fisher and Jason Minto; it was very general in nature with no new information but it was accompanied by a nice set of both exterior and interior photos.

On 083016 Salisbury, MD based publication The Daily Times included this article under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton".

The article also appeared in the 082716 issue of The Daily Times under the headline "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish and sci-fi flavor" and in the 090216 issue under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton". The 082816 issue of The Sunday News Journal also carried the article ; the headline was "'Mad Men'-era home in Milton". The article can also be found online here.

For a little more information along with photos see the Milton Futuro page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Multiple Publications | 102870 - 122770 | Added 102916

In late 1970 the Arrow Company [now part of PVH] offered a Futuro as the Grand Prize in a contest for college students. The contest involved writing a caption for an early 1900's "Arrow Collar Man" poster.

The student who wrote the best caption would receive a Futuro along with $5000 for site and installation costs. I have never come across any documentation which indicates that the prize was ever actually awarded.

Multiple publications included reports on this contest. In each case the text was generally short and carried the same information. The articles included either a photo of the Futuro displayed at the Philadelphia International Airport in 1969 or a photo of a Futuro being transported by helicopter.

Among these articles were the following [listed left to right, top to bottom]:
  • The Longview Daily News | 102870 Issue
  • The Longview Daily News | 110970 Issue
  • The Record Argus | 110970 Issue
  • The Lowell Sun | 110970 Issue
  • The Tipton Daily Tribune | 111670 Issue
  • The Decatur Herald | 112770 Issue
  • New Castle News | 112870 Issue
  • The Argus | 122770 Issue
The Longview Daily News 102870  The Longview Daily News 110970

The Record Argus 110970  The Lowell Sun 110970

The Tipton Daily Tribune 111670  The Decatur Herald 112770

New Castle News 112870  The Argus 122770

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DIGITAL ONLY | Multiple Publications | 081269 | Added 120416

The Futuro Corporation Of Philadelphia had a Futuro House on display at 20th & The Parkway in Philadelphia between August 1969 and April 1970. The Futuro exhibit was opened 081169 by the mayor of Philadelphia.

Short reports [text no photos] on this event were published in the 081269 issues of the Standard Speaker [Hazleton, PA] and the Warren Times Mirror & Observer [Warren, PA]. The Standard Speaker article was titled "Unveils Space-Age House at Phila." while the Warren Times used the headline "Philadelphia's Mayor Tate Cuts Ribbon To Open Space Age House".

The mayor is reported to have suggested that the Futuro might be the answer to Philadelphia's housing needs and is quoted as follows:

"One of the most important crisis the city is facing is decent housing. Although this thing looks like a play toy, something like it could be the answer to the housing problems of the future."

As with all of the enthusiastic expectations and predictions for the Futuro Mayor Tate's thoughts never came to pass.

More on Futuros in the Philadelphia area in 1969 and the early 1970's can be found here.

Standard Speaker 081269  Warren Times Mirror & Observer 081269

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DIGITAL ONLY | Tallahassee Democrat | 011782 | Added 010717

The Tallahassee Democrat published 011782 included an article titled "Wanted: Homes For The Homeless". The article begins:

"Technology put a man on the moon, but it cannot build low-cost, mass-produced homes to meet the world's housing needs. Why?"

and goes on to report on the research of a man named Oktay Ural and his dedication to finding an answer to this problem.

The Futuro House is briefly mentioned [though not by name] as one of over 100 existing building systems already in use worldwide; it is described this way:

"... Some are exotic. A fiberglass-reinforced, polyester-plastic developed by a Finnish company (Oy Polykem Ab) turns out dome-shaped homes, retail shops, even drive-in banks that can be assembled like Tinker-Toy parts."

Over and above the somewhat colorful description the most interesting thing about this article, to me at least, is the photo of a Futuro that accompanies it. The photo shows a Futuro with an entry configuration that, while reminiscent of Rockland, is one I have not seen before and appears to me to be unique. The photo and a little more information can be found here.

Tallahassee Democrat 011782 Page 1D  Tallahassee Democrat 011782 Page 3D

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Canberra Times | 101768 Issue | Added 032517

The Canberra Times 101768The 101768 issue of the Australian newspaper The Canberra Times included an article, titled "Space-age Cottage Appears", reporting on the appearance of Futuro #002 [now located in Matsalu, Estonia] at the 1968 Finnfocus exhibition. The exhibition was held on board the Finnpartner moored next to Tower Bridge in London and the Futuro was displayed on one of the upper decks.

The brief article describes the Futuro as "Casa Futura" [it was only subsequent to Finnfocus that the Futuro House actually got its name] and it is accompanied by two photos, one exterior and one interior.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Pensacola News Journal | 080507 Issue | Added 042217

Pensacola News Journal 080507 Page E1According to Wikipedia the Pensacola News Journal, a Florida based daily morning newspaper, traces its heritage back to 1889.

The 080507 issue featured an article titled "7 Wonders Of Pensacola" on pages 1E and 3E. The Pensacola Beach Futuro made #3 on the list.

The article plays the "alien card" and describes the "Spaceship House" as being "the perfect site for an alien vacation". It does not provide any detailed information about Futuro in general or Pensacola Beach specifically and it incorrectly reports that it is "one of 20 Futuro Houses designed by Matti Suuronen"; the number of Futuros manufactured is probably closer to 100 [see the "Where Are They Now" page for more information].

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The Daily Telegraph - Property Section | 062814 Issue | Purchased 063014
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The English national daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph carried a nice article on the Futuro House in the Property Section of the 062814 issue. During my recent trip to Europe I was able to pick up a copy.

The article included a little history, commentary related to Craig Barnes' "Futuro 22" and several photographs. I was contacted by the author during his research and "yours truly" also gets a mention. To be honest I was a little misquoted and my standing in the "World Of Futuro" was definitely overstated but nevertheless we all get a little "stroke to the ego' when our "15 minutes of fame" comes along.

You can read the article online here.

The Daily Telegraph 062814 - Property Section Page 1  The Daily Telegraph 062814 - Property Section Pages 2 & 3

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RakennusViesti | Volume 10 Number 6 | 091969 Issue | Purchased 120614
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Volume 10 Number 6 of the Finnish publication RakennusViesti [which I believe is no longer published based on this site] included a short article on the Tampere Fair on Page 16. A Futuro was exhibited at the fair [070469-071469 according to futuro-house.net] and the article includes a very short paragraph on the Futuro House.

As best I can tell using Google Translate [which often struggles with Finnish] the article notes that the Futuro was one of the most popular exhibits at the fair and then refers readers to Volume 10 Number 4 of RanennusViesti for an article with more detail [copy here].

The article is accompanied by one photograph which shows a location I do not believe I have seen before and I am assuming shows the Futuro as exhibited at the Tampere Fair.

RakennusViesti Volume 10 Number 6 091969 Issue Cover  RakennusViesti Volume 10 Number 6 091969 Issue Page 16

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Metro Helsinki | 050815 Issue | Purchased 052215

Metro International publishes freesheets in many countries, among them Finland. The 050815 issue of Metro Helsinki includes an advertisement for the WeeGee Exhibition Center. The advertisement includes a photo of Futuro #001 which is in the collection of the center and is open to the public each summer. In 2015 the Futuro is open 050515 through 091315.

Metro Helsinki 050815 Cover  Metro Helsinki 050815  Page 10

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Media Planet | Finland Edition | June 2015 Issue | Purchased 060815



Media Planet has been publishing "content marketing" since 2002 and now has offices in some 15 countries. Media Planet publishes "advertorial" or "paid for" articles along with straight up advertisements and the publications are most often distributed along with regular newspapers. The company's website describes "content marketing" as:

"the art of creating and distributing relevant content to your audience with a clear marketing objective in mind."

On page 8 of a June 2015 Helsinki issue that was distributed with Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's biggest daily newspaper, there is an article about the WeeGee Exhibition Center's "Futuro World" Exhibition which opened to the public 061615.

There are also a couple of photographs of the restored Futuro #001 which is in the collection of the exhibition center and an ad for the exhibition center [a similar though not identical ad appeared in the 050815 issue of Metro Helsinki which can be seen here].

Media Planet Finland Edition June 2015 Issue Cover  Media Planet Finland Edition June 2015 Issue Page 8

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DIGITAL ONLY | Helsingin Sanomat | 050712 | Added 080115



The 050712 issue of Helsinki based Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's largest daily newspaper, featured a full page article on the Futuro House. It appears to include some history and basic facts about Futuro as well as referencing Futuro #001 and its restoration and display at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The article includes photos of Futuro #001, the Dombai Futuro and the Berlin Futuro along with a world map of locations [it lists 45 Futuros, as we know the list has grown since then].

Helsingin Sanomat 050712

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DIGITAL ONLY | Pieksämäen Lehti | 041812 | Added 080115



Pieksämäen Lehti is a "three day newspaper" published in Pieksämäen. The 041812 issue included an article about Futuro #001 and its restoration prior to being installed at WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The article also references the company Ekin Muovi which was involved [I believe] in the restoration of Futuro #001 [Ekin Muovi was also involved in the 2001 project to restore the Futuro now located in Kauhava and then transport and display it at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial in the grounds of the Ottoman Mint at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey].

Photos accompanying the article include one post restoration shot that was likely taken at the Ekin Muovi shop prior to the Futuro's move to WeeGee.

This article is one of a number of very similar [at least as far as I can tell given that I cannot read Finnish] newspaper articles published around this time. Others can be found here, here and here.

Pieksämäen Lehti 041812 A  Pieksämäen Lehti 041812 B

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DIGITAL ONLY | Savon Sanomat | 042112 | Added 080115



Savon Sanomat is a Finnish daily newspaper published in Kuopio. In the 042112 issue there is an article about Futuro #001 and its restoration prior to being installed at WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The article also references the company Ekin Muovi which was involved [I believe] in the restoration of Futuro #001 [Ekin Muovi was also involved in the 2001 project to restore the Futuro now located in Kauhava and then transport and display it at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial in the grounds of the Ottoman Mint at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey].

Photos accompanying the article include a number of post restoration interior detail and exterior shots I believe would have been taken at the Ekin Muovi shop prior to the unit being moved to WeeGee.

This article is one of a number of very similar [at least as far as I can tell given that I cannot read Finnish] newspaper articles published around this time. Others can be found here, here and here.

Savon Sanomat 042112 A  Savon Sanomat 042112 B

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DIGITAL ONLY | Söderhamns Kuriren | 012216 Issue | Added 012316



Soderhamns Kuriren | 012216 IssueThe 012216 issue of Swedish newspaper Söderhamns Kuriren included, on page 32, a half page article on the Stråtjära Futuros.

The article is written by Swedish journalist Fredrik Björkman who has written several articles referenced on this website [most recently this article from helahalsingland.se which is also about Stråtjära.

In this article we learn that when one of the Futuros is offered for sale in 2016 by Fortifikationsverket the municipality of Söderhamn is likely to make an offer with the intention to then renovate the unit.

More information can be found on the Stråtjära page.

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Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section | 012316 Issue | Purchased 022716



Helsingin Sanomat, published in Helsinki, is the largest Finnish daily newspaper. The culture section of the 012316 issue included a nice full page article on Craig Barnes' "Futuro 22".

Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section - 012316 Issue - Cover  Helsingin Sanomat - Culture Section - 012316 Issue - Page C4

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DIGITAL ONLY | Longview Morning Journal | 060886 Issue | Added 100116

The 060886 issue of the Longview Morning Journal included an interesting article that includes the first photos I have come across of the Rockwall Futuro during the time it served as a snow cone store in Marshall, TX. For more information see the Rockwall Futuro page.

Longview Morning Journal - 060886 Issue - Page 1F  Longview Morning Journal - 060886 Issue - Page 2F

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Evening Journal | 090969 Issue | Added 100116

The News Journal - 090969The 090969 issue of the Wilmington, DE based Evening Journal [now the News Journal] included this full page article on the Futuro House.

The article is a report on a Futuro House that was located at 20th & The Parkway in Philadelphia, PA. It includes both interior and exterior photographs of the Futuro.

This is one of several newspaper articles that document Futuros at multiple locations in the Philadelphia area during the early 1970's.

Other articles appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer [031670], The Philadelphia Inquirer [010772] and the Philadelphia Daily News [070974]. Detailed information about all of these articles can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 031670 Issue | Added 100116

The 031670 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer included a short article about a Futuro House located at 20th & The Parkway in Philadelphia, PA. The article was accompanied by a single photograph.

There are actually two versions of this with the second being from the New Jersey edition of the publication. Though the headlines and text are different they are essentially the same article.

This is one of several newspaper articles that document Futuros at multiple locations in Philadelphia during the early 1970's.

Other articles appeared in The Evening Journal [090969], The Philadelphia Inquirer [010772] and the Philadelphia Daily News [070974]. Detailed information about all of these articles can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 031670  The Philadelphia Inquirer - 031670 - New Jersey Edition

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 080195 Issue | Added 100116

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 080195In the 080195 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer we find a short piece that is actually attempting to identify a structure that is, to me at least, clearly a Futuro House located in Pipersville, PA.

The reporter does compare the structure, which is mounted atop a shed/silo type building, to a couple of other known Futuros but seems unwilling to conclude definitively that it is actually a Futuro.

In later Philadelphia Inquirer articles [090595 and 091195] the reporter does eventually conclude that the structure is a Futuro House.

More detail and a better photo can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Inquirer | 091195 Issue | Added 100116

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 091195This article is the second follow up to one that appeared in the 080195 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer which was attempting to identify a structure mounted atop a shed/silo like building close to Route 611 in Pipersville, PA.

In both the original article and the first follow up article [090595] the reporter seemed unwilling to conclude that the structure was a Futuro despite several comparisons to known Futuros. In this, the third article, he did finally come to that conclusion.

More detail along with a photo can be found on the "Lost Souls" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Morning News | 081071 Issue | Added 100516

The Morning News 081071The 081071 issue of Willmington, DE publication The Morning News [now the News Journal] included a short article titled "Lewes Acts To Bar Homes Of Fiberglass" which illustrates the challenges Futuro businesses faced in obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to site Futuro Houses.

The article specifically related to Joe Hudson's company New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. and reported on the Futuro House being classified as a "Mobile Home" by the Lewes City Council effectively barring a planned Futuro development.

More information can be found in the New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

This article also appeared in a second local publication, The Evening Journal, on the same day under the headline "Space Homes Mobile? Lewes Says They Are".

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Evening Journal | 101571 Issue | Added 100516

The Evening Journal 1015711971 saw Joe Hudson, owner of New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. attempting to get regulatory approval for developments that would include Futuros and conventional homes.

In August 1971 a development in Lewes was effectively barred when the local city council deemed the Futuro to be a "mobile home" [The Morning News and The Evening Journal of 081071].

This 101571 issue of Willmington, DE publication The Evening Journal included a short piece under the headline "OK Near on Fiberglass Houses?" that reported on a decision by the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission to have their attorney draw up an agreement for possible approval of a development along Rt. 88 east of Milton, DE that would include Futuro Houses.

A couple of weeks later an article in the Salisbury, MD based publication The Sunday Times reported that the commission had approved recommending the project for approval by the County Council. It is unclear if the council actually ever formally approved the project.

More information can be found in the New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Detroit Free Press | 042972 Issue | Added 100516

On 042972 the Detroit Free Press published an article about the Futuro under the headline:

"A Spaceship from Mars? No - It's a Vacation Home"

More specifically the article was about Futuro of Michigan, a company based in Chelsea, MI that owned the Michigan distribution rights for Futuro. It included specifications for Futuro along with a little general history and some information about the Michigan distributorship. The article was accompanied by one photo and one drawing.

More information can be found in the Futuro Of Michigan section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

Detroit Free Press 042972 - Page 5b  Detroit Free Press 042972 - Page 7b

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Pantagraph | 080270 Issue | Added 101516

The Pantagraph 080270The 080270 issue of Bloomington, IL based publication The Pantagraph carried an article about the Futuro House under the headline "Home Of The Future In State Fair Debut".

The article reported on Mod Pod Inc., an Iowa City, IA based company with, presumably, a license to market and distribute Futuros in the area, and the upcoming display of a Futuro at the 1970 Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois.

More information can be found in the Modpod Inc. section of the "Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing" page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Philadelphia Daily News | 101575 Issue | Added 101516

The Philadelphia Daily News 101575The 101575 issue of The Philadelphia Daily News carried an article under the headline "She Proves Dream Was No Mis-Steak".

Though not primarily about the Futuro, the article was more focused on Joan and Matthew Lallo and their restaurant The Roundhouse, it does offer a little history relating to the dilapidated Futuro currently located in Media, PA since that Futuro was actually the property in which the Lallos operated their restaurant.

More information can be found on the Media Futuro page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Sunday News Journal | 082816 Issue | Added 102916

The Sunday News Journal 082816Right around the end of August 2016 a story on the Milton Futuro and it's resident, Richard Garrett, appeared online and in several local newspaper editions. The story was by James Fisher and Jason Minto; it was very general in nature with no new information but it was accompanied by a nice set of both exterior and interior photos.

On 082816 New Castle County, DE based publication The Sunday News Journal included this article under the headline "'Mad Men'-era home in Milton".

The article also appeared in The Daily Times on 082716 under the headline "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish and sci-fi flavor" and in the 083016 and 090216 issues under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton". The article can also be found online here.

For a little more information along with photos see the Milton Futuro page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Daily Times | 090216 Issue | Added 102916

Right around the end of August 2016 a story on the Milton Futuro and it's resident, Richard Garrett, appeared online and in several local newspaper editions. The story was by James Fisher and Jason Minto; it was very general in nature with no new information but it was accompanied by a nice set of both exterior and interior photos.

On 090216 Salisbury, MD based publication The Daily Times included this article under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton".

The article also appeared in the 082716 issue of The Daily Times under the headline "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish and sci-fi flavor" and in the 083016 issue under the headline "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton". The The Sunday News Journal also carried the article ; the headline was "'Mad Men'-era home in Milton". The article can also be found online here.

For a little more information along with photos see the Milton Futuro page.

The Daily Times 090216 - Page 37  The Daily Times 090216 - Page 39

More information can be found on the Milton Futuro page.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Post Standard | 032475 Issue | Added 102916

The Sunday News Journal 082816The 032475 issue of Syracuse, NY based paper The Post Standard carried an ad for an exhibition titled "Builders Expo '75".

The exhibition would run 040375-040675 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and among the exhibits would be a Futuro.

The ad included a photo of a Futuro which was captioned "Futuro II"; it also made reference to Futuro as a "Flying Saucer" and as the "House Of The Future". The ad did not identify the company providing the Futuro for the Expo and that would, presumably, be using the exhibition to try to market the Futuro.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Valley Morning Star | 050271 Issue | Added 111216

Valley Morning Star 050271The 050271 issue of the Harlingen, Texas based publication the Valley Morning Star included an ad for CPL, the Central Power And Light Company, that included a photo of a Futuro House.

The ad had nothing to do with Futuro, instead it spoke to the company's "future focused" strategy. Presumably the inclusion of the Futuro House photo, captioned "Futuro II Vacation House, Courtesy Futuro Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa", was meant as a photographic representation of this "forward thinking" operating philosophy.

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DIGITAL ONLY | The Daily Intelligencer | 040270 Issue | Added 111216

The daily Intelligencer 040270The 040270 issue of Doylestown, PA based publication the The Daily Intelligencer included a very short Futuro related article.

The article reports that the Futuro which had been on display for more than a year on Philadelphia city property had been forced by the city to relocate. The Futuro had previously been located at 20th & The Parkway and had been relocated to a parking lot a couple of blocks away. Information about the previous location can be found here.

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 010772 reported on the Futuros removal from the parking lot some 20 months later.

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DIGITAL ONLY | Port Huron Times Herald | 012469 Issue | Added 120416

Port Huron Times Herald 012469A very short article in the 012469 issue of the Port Huron, Michigan based newspaper The Times Herald reported on a Futuro "being readied for display at a building fair in Essen, Germany".

With a publication date of January 1969 this is one of the earlier Futuro House related newspaper articles I have come across and the Essen building fair to which it refers would also have been one of the earlier exhibitions to feature a Futuro House.

The article is accompanied by two photos, one exterior and one interior. The exterior photo appears to be of the original Futuro prototype [#000] during the time it was located on the property of Jaakko Hiidenkari in Turenki, Finland [it is now in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands].

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DIGITAL ONLY | Courier Post | 110504 | Added 120416

The 110504 issue of the Cherry Hill, NJ publication the Courier Post carried an article on the Willingboro Futuro.

The article appeared on pages 1B and 3B under the headline "Spaceship never took off" and is accompanied by two photos. The article tells us that [at the time] the Futuro was owned by the town and used as an office by the Police Athletic League.

The article adds a little history reporting that the Futuro was once a banking office located in the parking lot of the Acme & Caldor shopping center on Route 130. It was flown into Mill Creek Park by helicopter sometime in the 1970's where it served as a security office for the park and then a tennis office prior to being taken over by the Police Athletic League.

Courier Post 110504 Page 1B  Courier Post 110504 Page 3B

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Der Abend | 100971 Issue | Purchased 123016



The 100971 issue of the now defunct Berlin newspaper Der Abend carried an article titled "Einfamilien-Kugel am Stadtrand gesucht" or, according to Google Translate, "Single-family sphere on the edge of the city".

The single photo that accompanies the article is of a Futuro House [I think the one displayed at the IKA] that is captioned, according to Google Translate "How a UFO landscape will look like a residential settlement on the outskirts of the city, when it comes to architects and manufacturers of spherical plastic houses."

Given the title and the photo you would have thought the article would be about the Futuro House but in fact it is not. It is actually a commentary on the benefits and dangers of "progress" in relation to the ecological effects of pesticides, plastics and the ever advancing chemical industry.

The Futuro is only mentioned briefly in the article [and not by name] which suggests that [again according to Google Translate] "for reasons of stability, the plastic house of tomorrow has no straight walls or pointed roofs, but rounded forms" and goes on to add that:

"In a few years, the following wording may be read in the advertisements of a newspaper: "Quiet bullet on the outskirts of the city." In Scandinavia there are already UFO-shaped plastic summer houses, and a Essen entrepreneur wants to have a cell-like synthetic house manufactured in Berlin"

Der Abend - 100971 Issue - Cover  Der Abend - 100971 Issue - Inside

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DIGITAL ONLY | Pensacola News Journal | 120205 Issue | Added 042217

Florida based daily morning newspaper the Pensacola News Journal traces its heritage back to 1889 according to Wikipedia. The 120205 issue includes an article on the Pensacola Beach Futuro and its owner Victoria Clarkin.

The article reports that once hurricane related repairs were completed Clarkin would be converting the Futuro into a museum for the Pensacola Beach Preservation and Historic Society [the Futuro survived Hurricane Ivan in 2004 among others over the years].

The Day The earth Stood StillThe article indicates that the Futuro had been in Pensacola Beach for over 30 years [this is likely the only location this Futuro has ever occupied] and that Clarkin had purchased it in 1998. It also provides a quirky "historical anecdote" when it quotes Mark Clarkin as stating that the ramp leading up to the Futuro was modeled after the one seen in the 1951 sci-fi classic film "The Day The Earth Stood Still" [see photo above left] but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the article is the inclusion of two interior photos of the Futuro.

Pensacola News Journal 120205 Page 1A  Pensacola News Journal 120205 Page 4A

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