Atomic Cars of the 1950s

"Engine in rear? Tricycle wheels? Polaroid Plastic top? Atomic power? Just as at home in the water or in the air as on the highway?" This car of the future was designed and illustrated by Detroit-based commercial artist Arthur Radebaugh for a 1952 ad for National Oil Seals. Click through for a look at Radebaugh's commuter monorail from 1953.


From the 1930s to the 1960s, Radebaugh's detailed visions of the future appeared in ads for businesses as diverse as Coke, United Airlines, and National Motor Bearing. His syndicated cartoon column, "Closer Than We Think" ran from 1958 to 1962. Be sure to check out The Palace of Culture's awesome online exhibit "Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised" for more about this retro-futurist visionary.

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