Saturday, May 23, 2009
Almost 55 years after its creation, it is probably somewhat difficult for today’s generation to totally understand the significance and meaning of the Moonliner to children and adults of the 1950’s. The Moon was an unexplored frontier, full of possibilities, mysteries, and myths. The ability to fly there was a dream just on the horizon, and would be proof of the capabilities of Americans. Today, the moon itself probably triggers very little other than a yawn and a “been there done that” attitude. So, as a salute to the amazement and wonder of the 1950’s, here is a little tribute to the Moonliner of Tomorrowland. Image #1 is from August 1955. The young lad looking up at the Moonliner really says it all and visually expresses how that generation viewed space travel: it was the hope of the future.
Shot #2 and its detailed companion are from a series of 1950’s True Tone commercial slides:
Image #3 is a Daveland re-run, but still a good one, dating back to 1955:
Last shot for the day is also from the 1950’s:
The last image is one from a batch of slides that I will begin showcasing tomorrow. See more Moonliner photos at my regular website.