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The future we used to have, part 11


There is apparently some neoliberal sporting festival about to take place in London in a couple of weeks – featuring events such as ethnic profiling, merchant scheme monopoly, remove the non-sponsor logo, the all-day traffic jam, spot the celeb in the VIP lane, and other such twenty-first century pursuits in Tory Britain. But since that is all a) boring, b) unethical, c) dull, and d) offensive, how about looking at some photos of cool retro-futuristic (sort of) things instead?


Buick Century Cruiser, 1969

Oldsmobile Golden Rocket concept car, 1956

Ford Seattle-ite, 1962

Pininfarina X, 1960


SRN3 hovercraft

DSV-2 Alvin

DSV-4 Sea Cliff


Supermarine Type 508

Republic XF-103

BAC Lightning (and Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’)


from Fahrenheit 451 (great film, rubbish book)

from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

11 thoughts on “The future we used to have, part 11

  1. The first image is gorgeous! Almost haunting (especially the concrete domed building)….

  2. from Fahrenheit 451 (great film, rubbish book)

    I can’t tell if you’re being facetious, Ian…

  3. Generally NOT a fan of Truffaut (Whispers of the Heart is a terrible piece of crud for example) but loved his film version…. Not sure it was better than the book 😉 hehe

  4. *oops, got some names muddled — Murmur of the Heart…

    • Yikes, and Murmur of the Heart is by Malle not Truffaut — ignore my previous comment… Regardless, the other Truffaut films I’ve seen have been underwhelming as well.

      • I must admit I’m not a Truffaut fan – didn’t really like Jules et Jim or Les quatre cents coups. But for some reason, Fahrenheit 451 really appealed to me.

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