Soviet futuristic illustrations of the 1970s

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18 Responses to “Soviet futuristic illustrations of the 1970s”

  1. Chris Hogan says:

    “Singing tomorrows” — the inevitable glorious Soviet scientific future, which will come to pass sooner if only we – and by ‘we’ I mean ‘you’ – make sacrifices today. What sacrifices? Oh, petty little things like quality and availability of food and consumer goods; civil liberties; nuclear safety standards…

    • Saltine says:

      Yeah. It’s a good thing people in the U.S. have never been called upon to sacrifice civil liberties, food quality and availability, nor nuclear safety standards. Puts me in mind of Galbraith’s quip that “Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.”

    • Stefan Jones says:

      Yeah, we capitalists got OUR jet packs and flying cars, just like we were promised. And everybody is healthy and trim thanks to our superior foodstuffs.

  2. euansmith says:

    Even Soviet visions of the future where behind the times. These look like cool 1960′s Italian designs – where is Barbarella and the Planet of the Vampires when you need them?

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    Looking through the article pages, this seems pretty ordinary. Not that much different from Popular Science. Lots of stuff about vehicles and industry. And exercise machines!

  4. “Test Pilota Pirxa”

    Oh please please please let there be an English subtitled version of this.

  5. Narmitaj says:

    Some old Soviet stuff looks great in real life (and, as euansmith suggested, look like it is out of Thunderbirds) – like the Ekranoplan/ Caspian Sea Monster: http://thevelvetrocket.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/soviet-lun-class-ekranoplane-ground-effect-vehicle.jpg

    I also prefer their elegant manned space rockets (the R-7 Family with those nice flared booster skirts) to the more tubular Western model – they’re broadly the same sort of design used now for launching everyone to the ISS as launched the first Sputnik in 1957.

    • vonbobo says:

      Agree! Some of my most favorite design is from the Soviet space era, from the rockets to the bold propaganda.

      Nice link Cory!

    • euansmith says:

      That is an epic shot of the Black Sea Beast; like a cross between Chris Foss and HR Giger. A triumph of Soviet Engineerink.

  6. Preston Sturges says:

    That flying wing looks just like the pencil sharpener from last week.

  7. Preston Sturges says:

    A civilization based on the designs of vintage electric shavers.

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