Category: space age

A Soviet ship fires its retrorockets as it lan…

A Soviet ship fires its retrorockets as it lands on the Moon. Space art by Andrei Sokolov on a 1965 postcard.

Science Fantasy Bulletin, January 1953.

Science Fantasy Bulletin, January 1953.

French poster for The Day the Earth Stood Stil…

French poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, printed for a ‘60s re-release.

“Separation Over the Pacific” by C…

“Separation Over the Pacific” by Chesley Bonestell, ca. 1961.

Promo art for The Mysterians, 1957, directed b…

Promo art for The Mysterians, 1957, directed by Ishiro Honda.

James Bama cover art for Countdown for Cindy b…

James Bama cover art for Countdown for Cindy by Eloise Engle, 1964.

Mel Hunter cover art for Galaxy Science Fictio…

Mel Hunter cover art for Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1953.

Concept art for the lovely NAR-134-B space shu…

Concept art for the lovely NAR-134-B space shuttle design from North American Rockwell, ca. 1971.

The Carrousel Motor Hotel in Houston, built in…

The Carrousel Motor Hotel in Houston, built in 1961, designed by William Tamminga. And wow, just wow, read this: “In 1967 the Carrousel Motor Hotel was a defendant in an important civil rights case decided by the Texas Supreme Court. Plaintiff Emmit Fisher, an African American mathematician for NASA, was attending a conference at the motel and was in line to eat lunch when the manager grabbed his plate out of his hand and yelled that a `negro could not be served.` The court decided in favor of Fisher citing that assault and battery can (and did) occur without physical harm. By 1975, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed but reopened under ownership of John Coil who opened it as an `adult movie luxury motel` according to an article in the March 1976 issue of Texas Monthly. Just a couple months later, Texas Monthly ran another article featuring the Carrousel`s new membership club, `Dare to be Bare.` After a slew of lawsuits from 1977-1988, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed for good.”

(HoustonMod)

“Robby, Le Robot” in a French poster for Forbi…

“Robby, Le Robot” in a French poster for Forbidden Planet (1956)