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The future we used to have, part 13

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I’ve not done one of these for a while, and since it looks miserable and grim outside – and I don’t just mean the weather – it must be about time I did another one. So here’s some retro-futurism:

(the following were taken from the excellent tumblr site Fuck Yeah Brutalism)


House of the architect, Casablanca, Morocco, 1960s


Hotel Ashkhabad, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 1969


Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, Florida, 1972


Pavilion of the City of Casablanca, International Fair of Casablanca, Morocco, 1960


Technical College, Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1963-64



Tupolev Tu-114 Rossiya (‘Cleat’)


1970s proposed first class lounge aboard an airliner


Martin P6M SeaMaster


Yakovlev Yak-28PP ‘Brewer-E’

(a few posters from 1960s sf films, taken from Wrong Side of the Art)


I suspect those pressure suits wouldn’t keep the 12 alive for long


NASA might be a bit upset their X-15s are being used to battle aliens in outer space


The hero is apparently using the female star as a human shield – that’s not very heroic behaviour


Even on the Moon, women can wear bikinis


Although apparently not everything, such as ride motorbikes with big spikes on the front



It is important that some, if not all, of your outfit is colour-coordinated with the giant computer brain

13_fashion_1969 CLAIROL vintage ADVERTISEMENT women health and beauty NEW YORK CITY Central Park 1960s Bubble Photo

A 1969 Clairol advert, aparently – and no, I don’t understand why they’re in a giant transparent ball above a park, either


Pacific Southwest Airlines flight attendants – normally, they flew inside the aircraft with the passengers


Back in the 1960s, the CIA was only just figuring out how to use waterboarding

One thought on “The future we used to have, part 13

  1. The girls in the bubble were used for a Clairol commercial directed by Gleb Derujinsky. (Also a fashion Photographer) The bubble was Made and used by Fashion Photographer Melvin Sokolsky 1963+ I would love to know where to find an original copy of this ad. Any Help would be very appreciated!
    Andrea Derujinsky

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