Gadabout TM 1050 Time Machine Manual

Gadabout TM 1050 Time Machine Manual



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A tone-perfect pastiche of mid-century industrial manuals and design.




“There’s no time like the present,” goes the old expression.  And with a time machine, all times can be the present!

This instruction book, the Cudworth-Hooper Owner’s Manual: Operation and Maintenance for the Gadabout TM 1050, is truly one-of-a-kind.

According to the introduction, the Gadabout TM 1050 is a “lite vacuum time machine,” manufactured by Cudworth-Hooper in 2350.  The text includes extremely detailed sections on operation, safety, upkeep and trouble-shooting – everything you would need to know in order to use and maintain a lite-vacuum… well, a time machine.

Calls to Cudworth-Hooper for more information on the availability of the gadabout are, as yet, unanswered.  (And anyone with a Cudworth-Hooper product knows that it can take a long time to hear back from them.)

Still, this user’s manual, printed in 1953, is 96 pages of intricate diagrams and beautiful illustrations – a real gem of mid-century design.

So whether you own a Gadabout (and if you do – please call us!), or if you just love a good puzzler – you’re going to want to see this.  Trust us. 

Includes Certificate of Authenticity, individually numbered.

Curio & Co. creates collectibles and memorabilia from an alternate history - pop culture that never was - to play with the power of nostalgia to re-create warm memories from the past. Their book, the Gadabout TM 1050 Time Machine User's Manual "looks back" on a future reminiscent of the 1950s.

According to the introduction, the Gadabout is a "lite-vacuum" time machine manufactured by Cudworth-Hooper in 2350, though the manual claims to have been printed in 1953 (when it would have been cheaper for them to print). Written in a mockumentary style and filled with hilarious pop culture references, this book is a unique collector's item for humor and science fiction fans.

The book looks at extraordinary technology through the very ordinary lens of a user's manual, to place time travel in the everyday lives of regular people. How would we use time travel? The occasional trip to the dinosaurs, sure. But most likely we'd use it to get to work on time, pick up the milk we forgot at the store, and get some extra sleep.

The manual is 96 pages and includes over 70 illustrations and graphics explaining the use and upkeep of a time machine. The books are individually numbered as part of a limited edition print run of 2,004 copies, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity. The manual is archival quality, printed on acid-free paper - to last until the Gadabout TM 1050 comes out in 2350.

The Gadabout TM 1050 Time Machine User's Manual is a great addition to any library - wherever and whenever you might keep it.


Cesare Asaro

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine
One of 2004 numbered copies



Publishing Information

Curio & Co

Physical Description

5.75 inches
9 inches
96 pages