Friday, December 7, 2018

Machine (1959)



I think this is a children's mechanical engineering encyclopedia.  It has a number of very nice color futuristic illustrations.

Machine. Moscow. 510 p.  27 cm. 1959






 A short article about Sputniks

 Massive construction equipment

 This looks like an electromagnetic launch system.



 In the future there will be giant bridges
 Robot classrooms
 Huge trains that cross the country

and  tiny robots that will help children "Dream of Space."


Friday, November 30, 2018

Astrobiology (life on other planets) (1953)



I have translated this 66 page Russian title as "Astrobiology", that may not be close but it is about life on this planet and on other worlds. Not many internal illustrations but the beautiful cover (Mars?) is worth sharing.


 There is a lot in this illustration with both the taxonomy of life and the planets of our solar system.



Friday, November 23, 2018

Lion Annual 1957 and 1958




Still showing Lion Annuals. This week it is 1957 and 1958. These annuals had great covers and occasionally some nice non-fiction space content. This nice two page "When We Reach the Moon" is from the 1957 annual:





 I am afraid the 1958 Annual did not have any similar content, but I love this cover and the exotic vehicle!


Friday, November 16, 2018

Lion Annual 1955 and 1956



The 1955 Lion Annual doesn't have any space flight content but still has a nice cover


The 1956 Lion Annual has a nice two page illustrated spread on "Wonders of Outer Space" we will find:











Friday, November 9, 2018

Lion Annual 1954



For a change of pace I am sharing some Lion Annuals over the next few posts. These were annual publications with a mixture of stories, comics, and factual articles.  I have picked some up because they will occasionally have a non-fiction article about space flight and some space flight illustrations.  They are mostly fiction but they have striking covers.

Lion Annual 1954. London: Fleetwood House. 143 p.