Vintage Space Travel Posters
From the genius (I think it’s safe to call him that) that brought us those awesome Star Wars travel posters, Steve Thomas, comes a collection of planetary vacation advertisements. Come to think of it, these may predate the Star Wars ones, but that’s not important right now.
Despite the scientific impossibility of the artwork (skiing on Pluto would be difficult with 8% of Earth’s gravity), they invite dreams of a manned era in solar system exploration that I think we can all support.
If you like Steve’s art, visit his store and purchase posters, iPhone cases or postcards of these works and many more.
A fireman at the top of a new 100-foot (30,48 m) turntable ladder, which has just been delivered to the London Fire Brigade. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 26th February 1937
Amphibious bicycle: This land-and-water bike can carry a load of 120 pounds; Paris, 1932
Wiley Post (first pilot to fly solo around the world) and Russell S. Colley, B.F. Goodrich engineer, testing the Post-designed high altitude pressure suit in 1934.
The Dominion Observatory was built in Ottawa in 1902 for the main purpose of providing the federal government with precise coordinates and astrological timekeeping. However over the years it became the nations leading institute in geophysics, which operated Canada’s national seismometer network. It remained in use until 1970 when Canada’s science departments were shuffled and reorganized.
William James, 1913, Department of the Interior
A. H. Russell of Nutley, New Jersey, drives his new invention; a car with wings and a propeller through Times Square, New York c.1924
North American B-25’s fly past an erupting Mount Vesuvius during the invasion of Italy. 1944.
U.S. Air Force
(via Airminded · The Yellow)
Paris, 20 November 1903: the ghostly form of an airship floats past an equally ghostly Eiffel Tower, before a very solid crowd of completely entranced spectators. It is Le Jaune, ‘The Yellow’, the first of the successful Lebaudy series of French semi-rigid airships.