Here’s a nice cross-section of fifties city people. Look at each one, from the old guy at one end to the kid at the other. (Click to enlarge.) Besides “WTF”, what are they thinking? And what was this thing?
This wild thing is the Astra-Gnome, a 1956 AMC concept car. Wikipedia says, “Industrial designer Richard Arbib designed the Astra-Gnome “Time and Space Car”, a concept that was featured on the September 3, 1956 cover of Newsweek magazine and exhibited at the 1956 International Auto Show in New York. Arbib modified a 1955 Nash Metropolitan and it was his vision of what an automobile would look like in the year 2000. The car is restored and kept at a museum in California.”
Note the covered wheel wells and the Metropolitan’s belt-line dip at sides. Here’s a video of the fully restored Astra-Gnome, with operating bubble-top, from the Metropolitan Pit Stop museum in Hollywood.
I found it at MrJynx.
The whole staff at the Daily Planet watch in awe as Lois Lane ventures into the alien capsule. Will Superman arrive in time before the abduction?
Brooks Stevens meets Buck Rogers.
So women really are from Venus?
“Must be an Exner design”
The Crocket Coupe electric car from GM. Powered by Pure Plutonium the fill-ups will be too cheap to meter!*
*Offer not valid for residents of Hanford, Middletown, Pripyat, Fukushima. Radiation shielding still under development. Always read your operators manual and fuel only with Genuine Goodwrench Fuel Rods. General Motors Corporation does not accept responsibility for progeny with extra appendages.
Just thinking about having to change a flat tire or drive in the rain made all the men very glum.
It makes me miss wearing a tie, or a hat, or nicely pressed trousers..
The lady looks pleased to be sealed off from the crowd of trench-coat flashers…
You’ve unlocked the door with the key of imagination. You’ve entered another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’ve entered into a land between Parking and No Parking. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.
Bill Mitchel found this was the only way to keep his secretaries fresh for his 3pm “coffee break.”
Nicely done everyone!
I was just browsing MrJynx and stumbled on this thing. My reaction was, “WTF?”
Suddenly it’s 2960!