Mark Frauenfelder at 10:34 am Fri, Dec 21, 2012
This futuristic concept car from 1957, designed for kittens, was one of Ford's bolder experiments. (Via X-Ray Delta One)
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His latest book is Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of DIY
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I didn’t know the Jetsons even OWNED a cat.
It looks a little like the HL10 that Steve Austin “flew.”
I’m a concept baby from the same year and am equally dated. Tail fins have a tendency to do that.
But they make you look really fast.
Flying kitten car! Is that Pete Campbell in the beige suit?
I think we cross posted. I like your style young person.
Photo caption: Kitteh car featured with the entire cast of Mad Men.
What were they thinking… that thing is only three feet long! It would be WAY to small for today’s super-sized Americans, but I bet the gas mileage was amazing!
ChickieD for the win! But in reality, you strapped one of these on each of your feet.
Ford Foot Fetish.
Seriously though, I remember lusting on concepts like this as a kid. Stimulated a later career in graphics and design (no Jetsons harmed). They did serve a purpose in many unpredictable ways. Now, they’re retrofuture and I still love ‘em.
A 1956 suppository… Next!
Okay, just consider how expensive that one-off glasshouse would be at full size…
Wow those Car guys were GIANTS back in the 50′s.
The Homer http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/6103/17119794dg3.gif
It’s like a cross between an Edsel and a DynaSoar.
Was every man in America wearing perfectly fitted suits back then?
Um, yeah, custom tailoring was pretty much the norm back then, for anyone even remotely white-collar. Even the lowest-rung cubicle farmer in 1957 would’ve at least had his trousers hemmed and his waistline and sleeves fitted.
I’m hardly a dinosaur, and I can remember when, if you went to buy a suit, the trousers had no hems.
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