Non-fiction children's space flight books 1945-1975.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
3D (or lenticular) Space Postcards (1960s)
Unfortunately something that I collect that does not scan very well are lenticular postcards.
I remember these from my childhood and have been picking them up slowly over the last couple of years. They are a unique form of space art and show an interesting creativity. Most were made from 3D models that were photographed. So the artist had to come up with models, a pose, and a background that would make the right effect.
This space station is one of my favorites for it's excellent 3D effect. I also have a few larger lenticular items, usually these are the same images as the postcards only larger.
The postcards I collect fall mostly around the landing on the Moon. The anticipation of what it might look like and especially what a U.S. flag would look like on the moon created a number of postcards.
Some of these are made with GI Joes (or action Man) while others are the Gemini astronaut model.
I also like trying to date the postcards by which model of the Lunar Lander they chose.
I like to think of these as postcards from a future that had not happened yet. I will leave you with one more postcard from a future that was predicted in 1968 and still hasn't happened: