Retro-Future: To The Stars!

Posted: November 24, 2007 in Future

Rare & Beautiful Vintage Visions of the Future

This
is the start of a new series, collection of the most inspiring &
hard-to-find retro-futuristic graphics. We will try to stay away from
the well-known American pulp & book cover illustrations and instead
will focus on the artwork from rather unlikely sources: Soviet &
East Block "popular tech & science" magazines, German, Italian,
British fantastic illustrations and promotional literature – all from
the Golden Age of Retro-Future (from 1930s to 1970s).








Part 1. Space never looked better… and perhaps never will

Retro-futuristic
art, in a way, is a double-fantasy: imaginary future wrapped into
imaginary past. Which makes this style doubly interesting, if not
doubly obsolete… In this part we will showcase rarely seen art, done
in 1930s to 1970s, mostly from "Teknika Molodezhi" (TM), Yuny Tekhnik,
DetGiz (Russia) and German retro-future sites.


Earth’s Orbit:




"Breaking a Space Traffic Jam" by Frank Tinsley, 1959

To the Moon!



"Lunar Unicycle" by Frank Tinsley, 1959




"Nuclear Rocketship" by Frank Tinsley, 1959

"Destination Moon" rare art, 1950

Bigger Moon base:





To Mars!


"Mars Snooper" by Frank Tinsley, 1959

To Venus!

Battling off the Communist astronaut invasion!


Interesting Planetary Vehicle:
(very strange flip-flop caterpillar style of moving)


To Saturn and beyond:


Other Worlds

Screens from the Russian science fiction movie "Planeta Bur" (The Planet of Storms) – 1959:


This is a collage with promotional art from this movie, made by o-vladimir:








Space Lift Concept
(from TM, Russia, 1971)


Retro-future Chart of Starships
(from TM, Russia 1955)

"Socialist Space Workers" by Gennady Golobokov, 1973


READ THE SECOND PART HERE



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