St. Louis, Minnesota: Educational Posters Co. / Louis F. Dow Co., 1959. First Edition. Large color-printed poster (37.5" x 25.5"), colors quite vibrant, very minor toning, a few creasings but overall in EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. Very good. Item #3879
IN SOME INSTANCES INSPIRED BY WERNHER VON BRAUN'S DESIGNS FOR MANNED SPACEFLIGHT; RARE IN UNSPOILED ORIGINAL CONDITION, AS HERE.
Space Age captures America's metamorphosis
from treating space as science fiction to working on inventions to propel humans off
of the Earth and into space.
Some of the inventions in Space Age became the subject of movies, television
programs and the popular imagination. The "Space Wheel" designed by Wernher
von Braun appears as the "Space Station" and later in Star Trek as the Star Ship
Richard Amundsen composed a print in 1959 that captures the era and fuses
art, imagination and new technology. Space Age is still food for the imagination.
What is special about it is that it is paintings of rockets, satellites, a flying saucer, and an astronaut. These are from a wide variety of sources including the Collier's series, the Disney series, and a few other interesting inspirations.
1-2. "Space Reconnaissance Ship" and "Space Recon Three Stage" (designed by G. Harry Stine in the 1950s, published as "Space Scout" in Frank Tinsley's 1958 book "The Answer to the Space Flight Challenge");
3. "Personnel Rocket" (designed by Wernher von Braun for Collier's "Man Will Conquer Space Soon" series);
4. "Instrument carrying satellite" (Werner von Braun for Collier's, illustrated by Bonestell as the 'Baby Space Station');
5. "Relief Ship" (from Walt Disney's 1955 documentary "Man in Space," being the RM-1 'Circumlunar ship'; reproduced with a portrait by von Braun in Life Magazine Nov. 18, 1957);
6. "Colony Sphere" (from Frank Tinsley's February 1953 article in Mechanix Illutrated, entitled: "How to get 25,000,000,000,000 miles away from it all");
7. "Third-Stage Rocket" (a real-world Vanguard rocket)
8. "Flying saucer" (from Donald Keyhoe's 1950 book "The Flying Saucers are Real" with artwork by Frank Tinsley);
9. "Space Station" (Wernher von Braun for Collier's);
10. "Research ship" (Wernher von Braun for Collier's, artwork by Bonestell);
11. "Exploration ship" (from Frank Tinsley's illustration of a "Light-propelled space ship" in February 1954 Mechanix Illustrated);
12. "Weather eye satellite" (real-world Vanguard 2 satellite, launched into orbit by the Vanguard rocket = no. 7 supra);
13. "Fourth stage Passenger Unit" (Disney's XR-1 rocket);
14. "Space Suit and Anti-Gravitational Unit" (from Collier's);
15. "Exploration ship" (from "The Exploration of Mars" by Willy Ley and Wernher von Braun, illustrated by Bonestell)
16. "Observatory Satellite" (designed by Krafft Ehricke, published in Life Magazine Jan. 6, 1958 with a photo of Ehricke);
17. "Third Stage Unit" (from Disney CR-1 rocket);
18. "X-15" (real-world North American X-15, first flown on June 8, 1959);
19. "Three-Stage Personnel Rocket" a.k.a. Ferry Rocket (Wernher von Braun for Collier's).
The artist Richard Amundsen (1928-1997) was originally from San Francisco; in the latter part of his career he specialized in wildlife and outdoors scenes; in order to further his passion he moved to Montana and settled near Yellowstone. Amundsen's later works do not interest us, but his "Space Age" poster is -- in our opinion -- truly amazing.
Invaluable to our research has been Winchell Chung's "Atomic Rockets" website, specifically the page "Poster: Space Age" in which Richard Arundsen is identified as the artist, and many of Arundsen's sources are clarified.