The era of "Googie" design and architecture is half a century ago — but in many ways, it feels fresher than anything that's come along since. The optimism and brightness that comes out of these buildings and their facades still shines out like a sign of what humans are capable of when we believe. To see these Space Age monuments tarnished and crumbling is kind of heart-breaking, but somehow their hope remains undimmed.

Here are some of the coolest pictures of "Googie" style we could find online.

Top image: "Jets" by Arby Reed on Flickr.

Encounter LAX Revised by Brewbooks on Flickr

Stardust Motel by Kristine Paulus on Flickr

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Midway Motel, by Ercwttmn on Flickr

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr.

Mission Hills Bowl by Kent Kanouse on Flickr

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

Vickers Petroleum by Ercwttmn on Flickr

Dyne Quik by Ercwttmn on Flickr

Flying Realty by David Gallagher on Flickr

Southgate Shopping Center, as seen in Edward Scissorhands. By Andy Callahan/Flickr

Famed architect Eero Saarinen's abandoned TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, photo by Telstar Logistics/Flickr.

Liquor by Dan Reed on Flickr.

The Vogue, Hollywood Blvd. by Dan Reed on Flickr

San Jose, by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

San Jose, by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

Melody Cleaners, by Caveman Chuck Coker on Flickr

Googie Car Wash by Arby Reed on Flickr.

Hillcrest Motel by Arby Reed on Flickr.

Googie Airport by Arby Reed on Flickr.

Park Ave. by Arby Reed on Flickr.

Electra Steph on Flickr

Saute's Parking by Ercwttmn on Flickr

ElectraSteph on Flickr

Pedian Carpet by Cory Dalus on Flickr.

Westside Billiards by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

Sure Fit by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

Nottingham Contemporary by Duncan Harris on Flickr.