Category: 1950s

Santa Claus travels by flying saucer, not sleigh. Christmas decorations on a front lawn in Reseda, Los Angeles, 1958.

(Los Angeles Public Library)

‘Twas the night before Christmas: Ed Emshwiller cover art for Galaxy Magazine, December 1959.

Spend a holiday in space with wonderful Ed Emshwiller cover art for Christmas issues of Galaxy magazine, 1951 to 1960. Please note that Santa Claus appears in each one, always with four arms.

Ed Emshwiller art for the Christmas issue of Galaxy magazine, December 1957.

Christmas in space, illustrated by Ed Emshwiller for the cover of Galaxy magazine, December 1954.

Space Santa is overwhelmed. Art by Ed Emshwiller for the cover of Galaxy magazine, December 1956.

“Kytoons” (kite balloons) used to obtain weather data for atomic tests in Nevada, 1952. Via @usnatarchives.

(National Archives)

A Bell X-2 skids to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, April 22, 1952.

From The Boys’ Book of Science and Invention, 1957.

(Dreams of Space)

Anyone up for a game of space checkers? 1958 trading card from Topps.