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The future we used to have, part 5

Perhaps at one point last century the future was so bright because of all those nuclear bombs exploding – at least, so they imagined. But they were also wildly optimistic about what the twenty-first century would hold. And it certainly wasn’t double-dip recessions, an ever-widening equity gap, anthropogenic global warming, and rule 34. Sometimes they built the future as they saw it, sometimes they just drew it. Either way, it appeals more than what we actually got…

architecture

Palace of the Soviets. B Iofan, O Gelfreikh, V Schuko, sculptor S Merkulov - 1934 version

Palace of the Soviets. B Iofan, O Gelfreikh V Schuko, sculptor S Merkulov - 1946 version

Rusakov Workers' Club

Le Corbusier House

Brastoff Factory, Julius Shulman

Palácio da Alvorada, Oscar Niemeyer

air

V-Bombers: Vickers Valiant (source: ausairpower.net)

V-Bombers: Handley Page Victor (source: airliners.net)

V-Bombers: Avro Vulcan (source: aeroflight.co.uk)

Northrop YB-35 Flying wing cockpit

sea

Aquarius Underwater Laboratory (source: NOAA)

Inside Aquarius Underwater Laboratory

space

Moon Ships (from Collier's Magazine, 1953)

Inside the Moon Ship (from Collier's Magazine, 1953)