Monday, February 28, 2011
The text covers the 1st two Sputnik launches, the planned X-15 tests, space stations, rocket theory, planned Moon landings and atomic powered space craft.
Also across from the cover page is this image:
And finally this is the image of the endpapers. It is a little hard to see on the plate so I enhanced and false-colored it so you could see the image. If the image looks familiar it is a different version of the one I use behind the title of my blog.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This is a follow-up of sorts to one of my most popular posts of 2010:
The "Space Age 1959" poster: http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.com/2010/05/space-age-1959.html
The full poster artwork was re-used in this 1963 article:
Dickenson, Fred. "U.S. Space Hardware ---Today and Tomorrow". New York Mirror Magazine, April 28, 1963 pp 9-10.
Since so many people enjoyed the poster this gave me a chance to have a slightly better scan of the art for you since the poster itself won't fit on my scanner :)
The article is interesting in how it justfies some of the vehicles depicted as a true reflection of possible future spaceflight. It also goes on to add some of the current spaceflight gadgets and ships that were being worked at the time.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Die Marsrakete (1956). Instead it is one of the many children's story records that were issued in the 1950s and 1960s. Record players moved from the living room to the playroom in the 1950s and children had a vast number of records intended just for them.
Once again I do not read German but can get a sense of the storyline from the illustrations. First of course are children given the opportunity to ride on a rocket. In some stories they sneak on and in others a friendly scientist "uncle" invites them on a trip.
Luckily (this was the early space age) something went wrong and instead of going to Mars the rocket capsule came down in the Middle East. I might not have called this "Mars Rocket" but rather "an unexpected rocket trip". But even with false advertising the images are very beautiful.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Del Rey, Lester. Illustrated by Polgreen, John. Space Flight: The Coming Exploration of the Universe. New York: Golden Press. (56 p.) 21 cm. (1959)
The reason why this is so well remembered are the paintings by John Polgreen. There had been a "space quartet" of books published in 1957-1958 known as the "Adventure in Space" series. I blogged about the first of these books last fall:
"Space Flight" worked as a synopsis of these books reusing some of the best paintings.
In the true 1st edition there is an interesting error. The first sentence is incorrect stating “The space age began on October 4, 1958…” A loose errata card was slipped into the 1st editions with the correct 1st sentence.
This space suit is especially memorable with its claw-like hands and feet. As space suits were developed there were doubts whether the pressure in a suit would allow a person to flex individual fingers or ankles. So one idea was providing these claws for gripping.
The other solution was miniature space ships that would allow a longer time in space. Don't they remind you of the "pods" from 2001?
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Heimer, Marc. Premières Vacances Sur La Lune. Paris: Presses de la Cité, #2 p., 32 cm. 1967
"In 1967, Mark Heimer, inspired by images from the film "Luna" the Lennaoutchfilm, imagine the holidays out of the ordinary for a small boy in the "First Holiday on the Moon" "
I have tried to find out more about "Luna". It may be the 1965 Russian film that was released in Europe as "La Lune"
Having never seen the film I really like the models and details they used for the moonbase.
blasé about having found all the books out there. I have dabbled in finding original books from other countries but having poor language skills has limited me to tripping across them. This one is an astrofuturism classic.
I also like some of the details shown like the hydroponics room:
There is also what looks like a monorail and an electromagnetic launching system for return to orbit:
It happily crosses that line between what is fantasy and what might be reality one day.