45 Vintage ‘Space Age’ Illustrations

As a child, I truly believed that at this point in my life I would be living in a space-dome community with a flying car and a robot maid.  I can even remember the utter disappointment of realizing that most of the things I read in my dad’s back issues of Popular Science magazine would never see the light of day.

Until we all are living in outer space with flying automobiles and robot servants, we can pass the time with these 45 vintage illustrations of a space age tomorrow.  Hopefully these beautiful and creative works of art won’t bring back too many childhood disappointments.

Don’t worry, you’ll get your jetpack someday.


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  2. I want one of those Sea Bicycles….way too much fun! Thanks for sharing…these are great! :-)

  3. Great stuff! A fellow baby boomer? Anyway I remember as a kid the future looking a lot rosier than it does these days; technology was going to be our saviour as we lived lives of leisure. Or was that just part of being a kid?

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  5. Really creative! thanks!

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  8. veeery good man, if you find more, post it please

  9. Funny how dangerous and badly engineered so many of those devices actually are!

    When I was a boy, I fully believed those green fields and gargantuan cities, rockets and big-jawed Dan Dares.

  10. We have at least 80% of these in some form or another. Whoever thinks otherwise has been hiding under a rock.

    The inventions we have that I know of off the top of my head are: multiple TV and computer screens and Picture in Picture options for some TV’s, jet packs that sell for around $100,000, we DO have a prototype of the first flying car however it can only fly a few feet at the moment, we have TV’s as small as a wrist watch, we have floating bikes, we have deep sea diving equipment, we have robots to assist the physically disabled as well as robotic pets vaccuums girlfriends (yes, girlfriends, yuck), we have solar powered homes, Wii will do the same as the “fishing lesson,”not domed cities but there is a manmade beach and tropical oasis in a dome in I think Japan, we have had row-mobiles for many years, we have sky lifts, and etc…

    The flying car is still being developed and scientists are also working on invisibility. They have sucessfully made small items such as pencils disappear and are now working on larger objects and eventually people, all by “bending light.”

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  13. really nice!thank you

  14. That was an awesome time to live. They were so lucky to have such cool cars.

  15. Actually, quite a few of the things illustrated on those covers have come to be. Others have not happened or have taken a much different form. But over all, they were more accurate than many would think.

  16. This amazing future was a trip – to the past

  17. […] 45 Vintage ‘Space Age’ Illustrations – Until we all are living in outer space with flying automobiles and robot servants, we can pass the time with these 45 vintage illustrations of a space age tomorrow. Hopefully these beautiful and creative works of art won’t bring back too many childhood disappointments. […]

  18. That fish “movie” thing is pretty much the one thing I see on here that has survived in that form to modern day. I see that video game all the time. I’ve never played it and it’s probably terrible though.

  19. thank you for a wonderful trip down memory lane ! i had an older brother who died in 1965 , shortly after returning from “The New York World’s Fair “, he was an Eagle Scout and these things were his Dreams of the Future and after his death , they became mine ! Thank You for reminding me of Precious these Visions of the 21st Century was going to be !

    yankee57 / April 11th, 2010
  20. we were supposed to get uphill helicopter skiing?! weve been JIPPED!

  21. Really nice man

  22. The only problem with most of these ideas is they forgot to allow for stupidity, which of course means they’ll never come to fruition

  23. fun stuff…some amazing and some so dumb you wonder how and editor would consider a ‘science’ mind would even entertain the idea…

  24. Amazing how many DID come true! They just look a little different. One looks like a modern city scape. Just because we want to we will build that 1500 mile long cube called New Jerusalem mentioned in the last 2 chaps in the Bible, go around Relativistic, curved Space/Time, upload all Life including Animals for “not even a Sparrow falls apart from the Father,” & give Christ His well deserved Kingdom. After all says 1 Corinthians 12 27. ‘We are the Body of Christ” and all Carpenters use their Bodies to build things. Since Dinos are Birds, Heaven is the real Jurassic Park! Since Time/Space curves the things already built. Verne has his NASA and so does John!

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