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The future we used to have, part 8


There’s an unfortunate tendency for these retro-futurist posts to go all a bit boys-toys-ish. That’s understandable, given that Cold War supersonic fighters and bombers did, well, did look pretty cool. Likewise the cars. And, sadly, hunt for contemporary fashion photos and it’s almost impossible to find ones depicting men in space age outfits – it’s all women. Even the sales photographs for the giant computer brains generally have women posed as if operating them.

Anyway, this time around there are… planes, cars, some house interiors, and some fashion. A few of the fashion photos show designs by Pierre Cardin, who probably deserves a post all his own…



A proposal to turn the Concord into a supersonic bomber

Saunders Roe Sr.53 rocket- and jet-propelled interceptor

How the crew entered the Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder supersonic bomber

The observer's cockpit in the De Havilland Sea Vixen

The cockpit of the Boeing Stratocruiser airliner

A proposed supersonic bomber based on the Bell X-3, from the cover-art to Secret Aerospace Projects of the US Navy by Jared A Zichek

Cars and Trucks

The cars of tomorrow

Cadillac Cyclone concept car from 1959

General Motors Firebird III from 1959

Chevrolet concept truck by Luigi Colani

Dodge Deora from 1967

And this is how you got into the Dodge Deora


Space age hats. I think.

Pierre Cardin fashion

More Pierre Cardin fashion

And yet more Pierre Cardin fashion

Emilio Pucci-designed bubble hats for Braniff Airlines

Interiors and Appliances

A space age computer

The tap is a real retro design but the ad is, I think, a spoof

A retro-futurist television

Many of you will probably recognise where this is

Party house!

4 thoughts on “The future we used to have, part 8

  1. “Many of you will probably recognise where this is”

    Is it Google’s new office 🙂

  2. Your “bubble hats” nearly came true in another sphere. In the early 2000s fencing investigated replacing the existing wire-mesh mask design with lexan equivalents. The concept was almost (but not entirely) thrown out because of the ridiculousness of how they would look.

    What we got instead was this:

    Obviously we call these “welders” masks. They are surprisingly popular considering some of the injuries.

  3. This is interesting. You’ve replied to this and it seems my comment is out of date. These masks are now banned.

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