Tuesday, August 6, 2013

As It Stands: Transportation Futurism- cars in the sky & flying saucers for all!

     Good Day World!

I’m not sure why, but every time I get on the topic of futuristic transportation I think of The Jetsons! Those flying cars impressed me more than I thought I suppose.

I remember going to Disneyland, Walt Disney's metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, when it opened on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California.

Autotopia was one of the many attractions on that opening day, and I got my first glimpse of futuristic cars! I was wowed! I fell in love with cars on the spot. As the years went by I went from futuristic cars, funny cars, race cars, and back to futuristic cars.

Some nostalgia for today:

Here’ some transportation-related illustrations and concepts from popular science and science fiction magazines - most of them rarely seen examples from unlikely sources, such as vintage Communist Youth magazine illustrations, or fantastic covers from international book editions.

How are we going to get to the future like this? Well, according to The March of Progress published in 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics, it's going to happen.... gradually.

("Science on the March", Popular Mechanics, January 1952 - illustrated by A. Leydenfrost, via)

"The Roads That Glow" seems to be a special safety feature (above), conceived by Art Radebaugh for RCA Transistors Run Electronic Car of Tomorrow (1964)

Or, imagine riding in a highway Family Cruiser concoction like the ones shown below on a Mechanix Illustrated Cover

(image via)

The car above may look like a modified shampoo bottle, but it also projects the ideas of the 1960s optimism and great expectations for future transportation in general.

Flying Saucers for Everybody! Via 1954 – all captions text & photos via Dark Roasted Blend 

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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