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The future we used to have, part 25

I’ve not done one of these for a few weeks, so I thought it about time I did. I’ve themed it on the four elements, and some of the planes, cars, ships you may have seen before. The B-58 has certainly appeared in an earlier post, as have the USS Long Beach, HMS Kent and NS Savannah. But never mind, they’re worth looking at again.

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Convair B-58 Hustler

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Bell X-1

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Lockheed U-2

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Lockheed P-2 Neptune

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Bell D-188A concept VTOL supersonic fighter prototype

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Mercury launch (Aurora 7)

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Gemini launch (Gemini III)

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Apollo launch (Apollo 15)

Expedition 18 Soyuz TMA-13 Launch

Soyuz launch (Expedition 18)

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Sea launch

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Concept car for US Steel, 1960s

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GM Runabout concept car, 1966

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GM Runabout concept car built-in shopping trolley

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Maserati Boomerang concept car, 1972

Maserati Boomerang interior

water

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USS Long Beach

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HMS Kent, (County class destroyer)

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Керчь (Kara class cruiser)

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Naviplane N300

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NS Savannah


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The future we used to have, part 24

Here’s some twentieth-century somewhat scary techno-porn in lieu of real content, while I (supposedly) work on some new fiction – including Apollo Quartet 4 All That Outer Space Allows – some book reviews, and some non-fiction articles on various science fiction tropes.

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Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter

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Sukhoi Su-15 ‘Flagon’

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Mikoyan MiG-21 ‘Fishbed’

sea

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HMS Kent, a County class destroyer, Royal Navy

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HMS Victorious, Royal Navy

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Alfa class hunter/killer submarine, Red Navy

land

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Atom Proof City, from Look Magazine, 26 October 1948

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Missile Control Centre in a Minuteman II silo

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Blast door, NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain


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The future we used to have, part 23

Time for another one of these, I think… Bit of a mishmash this time around – some boats, some fashion, a jet or two, and a giant radio transmitter…

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A proposed Soviet tank hydrofoil. That’s… TANK HYDROFOIL.

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In the future, all cars will be invisible. No, I’ve no idea…

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Ruben Torres fashion, 1967

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Raquel Welch dressed by Pierre Cardin, 1969

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Nuclear-powered supersonic bombers from Popular Science, April 1957

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A nuclear-powered supersonic bomber from Popular Science, April 1957

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Space Age fashion from Pierre Cardin, 1968

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VLF transmitter at Cutler Naval Station, the most powerful radio transmitter in the world

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The Lockheed F-94C Starfire, which was armed with 24 rockets in the nose and a further 12 in each wing-pod

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A jet-propelled hydrofoil

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A hydrofoil with two giant turbo-props on it

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André Courrèges’ Space Age Collection from 1965

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More André Courrèges

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It’s always good to be sure you don’t get confused between a thunder cloud and a nuclear bomb explosion


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The future we used to have, part 22

There’s nothing new in imagining what the future might look like, and science fiction is far from the only artform with a monopoly on doing so. However, as the future becomes the present, so does our imagined future become part of our past. And here are a few illustrations of that process…

Houses of the future

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

The House of the Future by Peter and Alison Smithson, Daily Mail Ideal Home Show 1956

Frigidaire Kitchen of the future, 1956 Motorama

Frigidaire Kitchen of the Future, 1956 Motorama

Clothes of the future

Pierre Cardin with his models, late 1960s

Pierre Cardin with his models, late 1960s

Advert for a tuxedo rental company - wtf?

Advert for a tuxedo rental company – wtf?

Bubble hats for Braniff Airline, Emilio Pucci

Bubble hats for Braniff International Airways, Emilio Pucci

Cabin crew uniforms for Braniff airline, Emilio Pucci

Cabin crew uniforms for Braniff International Airways, Emilio Pucci

Beach cape, Fontana Sisters

Beach cape, Fontana Sisters

Gilet, Pierre Cardin

Gilet, Pierre Cardin

Giant computer brains

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IBM 360 Model 67

The office of the future

The office of the future

Univac 9400

Univac 9400

IBM 360

IBM 360

Early HSBC mainframe

Early HSBC mainframe

Bell Labs, 1960

Bell Labs, 1960


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The future we used to have, part 21

These posts have always been about the Cold War, but this time it’s a little more explicit – possibly inspired by a couple of programmes which aired recently on the BBC.

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Tupolev Tu-126 ‘Moss’ Airborne Early Warning

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Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star Airborne Early Warning

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Avro Shacketon AEW.2

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DYE-3, one of the US Distant Early Warning line stations in Greenland

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A Texas Tower, a US offshore radar facility

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HMS Agincourt, a Battle class destroyer after conversion to a radar picket

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USS Spinax, a submarine converted to a radar picket

first strike

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A Pershing missile tactical erector and launcher

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A Soviet SA-4 Ganef surface-to-air missile system

French Pluton missiles on their transport-erector-launcher platforms

French Pluton missiles on their transport-erector-launcher platforms

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Soviet S-300V, carrying SA-12 Gladiator/Giant air defence missiles

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Titan missile base under construction

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Titan ICBM

fallout

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A fallout shelter

Nuclear Perceptions

A family-sized economy fallout shelter

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A personal bomb shelter

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Everything you ever needed to know about fallout shelters


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The future we used to have, part 20

I’m supposed to be working hard on finishing Apollo Quartet 3: Then Will The Great Ocean Wash Deep Above, so of course I decided to take some time out to hunt down some nice retro-future pictures and post them here, as part of my ongoing project to document a future that just has to be better than the one we ended up with…

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Lockheed XH-51A

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Avro Arrow

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Lockheed R6V Constitution

Myasishchev M-50 Bounder

Myasishchev M-50 Bounder

land

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Monument, Villa Lobos Park,São Paulo, Brazil

Pirelli Tire Building, New Haven, CT, USA

Pirelli Tire Building, New Haven, CT, USA

Government Service Center, Boston, MA, USA

Government Service Center, Boston, MA, USA

Sainte Marie de la Tourette priory, Lyons, France

Sainte Marie de la Tourette priory, Lyons, France

"Centipede" apartment building, Moscow, Russia

“Centipede” apartment building, Moscow, Russia

sea

Lookout Bar aboard SS Oriana

Lookout Bar aboard SS Oriana

Engine console aboard SS Oriana

Engine console aboard SS Oriana

Crows Nest bar aboard SS Canberra

Crows Nest bar aboard SS Canberra

Island Room aboard SS Canberra

Island Room aboard SS Canberra

SS Raffaello

SS Raffaello

Check out more interiors from classic ocean liners of the 1950s and 1960s here.

Aluminaut submersible

Aluminaut submersible

Archimède bathyscaphe

Archimède bathyscaphe


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The future we used to have, part 19

While we wait for the next Chicxulub meteor to end the experiment we laughingly call “civilisation”, here’s a few of the more aesthetically-pleasing things we’ve managed to produce since we stumbled out of the Rift Valley. I say, “aesthetically-pleasing” because machines expressly designed to kill people in large numbers are not what you would call admirable…

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Martin P4M Mercator maritime reconnaissance aircraft (1950 – 1960)

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McDonnell F-101 Voodoo supersonic jet fighter (1957 – 1972)

sea

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SS Canberra (1960 – 1997)

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USS Enterprise (1960 – 2012)

land

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Stockwell Bus Garage, London (1952)

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Trinity United Reform Church, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

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Fiesta Nightclub, Pond Street Development, Sheffield (1966)

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Pond Street Development, Sheffield, seen across bus station (1966)

people

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Pierre Cardin fashion

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Pierre Cardin fashion

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from Star Trek, ‘The Naked Time’. I have no idea what they’re wearing or why they’re inspecting a frozen shop window dummy

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from The Solarnauts, an unsold pilot for a UK sf television series

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Check out this website for even more fun futuristic fashion, from both designers and media.
And here’s the full pilot of The Solarnauts. It is ace – the credit sequence alone is brilliant.

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