Friday, August 30, 2019

Fred Freeman's Painting of a Coleopter. Colliers Magazine Sept 16, 1955

I love early space art and while this is actually in the atmosphere, I thought this would be fun to see. Fred Freeman did many realistic paintings for Colliers. This one was a small spread in the Sept 16, 1955 issue. You might have missed it leafing through the issue but it show one of the more interesting flight concepts of the time.  A "space age" propellor ship.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Galileo Galilei : Space Pioneer (1965)

Along with children's books about the space program there were book about astronomy and history that tried to connect the current effort in space with the science that got us there.

Gregor. Arthur S. Illustrated by James W. Williamson.Galileo Galilei : Space Pioneer.
New York, Mcmillan. (42 p.) 24 cm. 1965.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Space Age Spinoffs : Space Program Benefits for All Mankind (1972)

As the space program was winding down there was a need to justify the space program for more than just getting to the Moon. This book introduces instruments and techniques developed by space scientists that have benefitted such varied areas as medicine, weather forecasting, waste disposal, and photography.

Colby, C.B. Space Age Spinoffs : Space Program Benefits for All Mankind. New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. (48 p.) 28 cm. 1972.

 Laser surgery for cataracts
 Comfy foam for our pillows and beds
 Grooved highways
 Better protection for firefighters
 Improved navigation and guidance
And of course, The Silver Rescue Blanket.  How many of these are around you home or work right now?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Blast Off (1973)

A charming children's book dreaming about space flight. I do not own a copy (but would like one if you are offering). It is well worth sharing more widely.

Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Blast Off.
Lexington, Mass. : Ginn and Company, (24 p.) 20 cm. 1973.

Friday, August 2, 2019

About the Greatest Dream of Humanity (1965)

A nice Soviet book.  Not a lot of space content but worth sharing. It is concerned with the big ideas of what the future might hold. There were a number of futurism books about transportation, buildings, farming the sea, etc. I "scavenged" a few of the space-related illustrations and future cities both undersea and land-based).

Gladkov, K. About the Greatest Dream of Humanity. Moscow: DetLit. (128 p.) 22 cm. 1965.

 I have not found many illustrations of the soviet undersea future so this is kinda neat.