Category: 1950s

Belgian poster for The War of the Worlds (1953…

Belgian poster for The War of the Worlds (1953)

Belgian poster for Forbidden Planet (1956)

Belgian poster for Forbidden Planet (1956)

In a promotional display, a woman operates an …

In a promotional display, a woman operates an IBM 1620 data processing system, circa 1958.

(Calisphere)

The 43-kiloton “Simon” nuclear test in Nevada,…

The 43-kiloton “Simon” nuclear test in Nevada, 25 April 1953. Part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. (Department of Energy)

From the Valley Times in California, December …

From the Valley Times in California, December 1959: “Santa Claus has already arrived at home of Harry A. Lowry, 1464-B Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, but he didn’t use his sleigh to make annual trip this year, as above photo plainly shows. To make sure he won’t be late starting on Christmas Eve rounds, Santa stays straddled on rocket, awaiting wave-off from rocket-maker Lowry, standing at left. Lowry built 23-foot long rocket from cardboard tubing used in highway bridge construction. Project took him three weekends.”

(Los Angeles Public Library)

Behold a sci-fi Santa Claus and friends in thi…

Behold a sci-fi Santa Claus and friends in this Ed Emshwiller cover illustration for the Christmas issue of Galaxy magazine, December 1951.

A spaceman from Tomorrowland joins with some D…

A spaceman from Tomorrowland joins with some Dickensian carolers for a perfect Christmas vision of Disneyland in 1958. (D23)

It’s a sci-fi Christmas in this Ed Emshwiller …

It’s a sci-fi Christmas in this Ed Emshwiller cover illustration for the Christmas issue of Galaxy magazine, December 1957.

The holidays goes to space when a four-armed S…

The holidays goes to space when a four-armed Santa Claus meets his alien counterpart in this Ed Emshwiller cover illustration for the Christmas issue of Galaxy magazine, December 1958.

“HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS” – Christmas parade fl…

“HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS” – Christmas parade float in Abilene, Texas, 1953.

(Hardin-Simmons University Library)