Boris Artzybasheff was an artist and illustrator during the early twentieth century, drawing hundreds of magazine covers and publishing illustrated books. According to the Hollywood Animation Archive, which has several of his originals in their collection, Artzybasheff said: "I am thrilled by machinery's force, precision and willingness to work at any task, no matter how arduous or monotonous it may be . . . I like machines." That's obvious from these images.

This is a picture from Artzybasheff's book Mechinalia, depicting a "modern executive."


Images via Been Publishing I'm Back and a Robotics and Animation summer course.