It Doesn't Have To Be Right…

… it just has to sound plausible

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The future we used to have, part 4

Time for something nice to look at, so here are some photos and artwork of what the year 2000 might have looked like from earlier decades…


Red Banner Textile Factory, St Petersburg, by Eric Mendelssohn (source: Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture 1922-32, Richard Pare)

Park Synagogue, Cleveland Heights, by Eric Mendelssohn

The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, East Sussex

Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, by Félix Candela

Centrosoyuz Building, Moscow, by Le Corbusier (source: Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture 1922-32, Richard Pare)

People's Commissariat for Heavy Industry (proposed): I Fomin, P Abrosimov, M Minkus 1934


Jules Underwater Lodge (source:

The Ben Franklin cutaway from Popular Science (source:


Republic XF-12 Rainbow

Convair NB-36, which carried a nuclear reactor

Saro Duchess, a jet-powered version of the Princess

North American XB-70 Valkyrie

North American XF-108 Rapier

Hawker P.1103 (source:


The US military's Manned Orbiting Laboratory

An early Shuttle proposal

Space Station Freedom, circa 1985

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The future we used to have, part 3

Being the next in an ongoing and irregular series of posts featuring cool pictures from around and about the tinterweb of cool modernist and futurist vehicles, buildings, and suchlike. Some are real, some never got off the drawingboard.


Convair Sea Dart

Avro 730 model kit

Vickers Type 559 interceptor


Soviet LK lunar lander

Proposed Mars mission

cars and trucks

General Motors Futureliner

Chrysler 1961 concept car

Buick 1956 concept car


credit: Julius Shulman

Credit: Julius Shulman

Le Corbusier Museum, Chandrighar, India


From World Fair 1939

From GM Futurama 1964

Underwater habitat from GM Futurama 1964