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Spaceport of the Future (1957)

For those of you who haven't yet checked out Plan59, I highly recommend it. The site has some amazing images of the paleo-future such as this Spaceport of the Future, as well as other vintage ephemera.

I know I've seen this image somewhere but I can't place it. Any idea where this image was originally used? I almost want to say that it has a Ford Motor Company connection.

See also:
Space Colony Pirates (1981)
Mars and Beyond (1957)
Challenge of Outer Space (circa 1950s)
Welcome to Moonbase (1987)

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Reader Comments (6)

It seems similar to the US Steel paintings that Syd Mead made early in his career.

July 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike J.

I looked for my copy of the US Steel Concepts book, but I think it's still packed away. This looks like Mead, though, but very early in his career, possibly even while still at Art Center.

July 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

The illustration is from the circa 1957 booklet "Styling at Ford Motor Company." - David @ Plan59

July 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

... and the artist's name (James R. Powers) is in the caption under the picture. There's an article about him in the Feb 2002 issue of Collectible Automobile. - David @ Plan59

July 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's fabulous. Catching a smoke before a flight...

I can't help noticing that the anatomy of his right leg is way off.

July 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterArkonbey

this would make a really great background.
1440x900 plz. Kthx.

July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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