The illustrations above are by Karl Gilzen from the Russian book, Travel to Distant Worlds. It was originally published during the late 1950’s, during an era of heightened imagination toward space exploration. I was drawn to the images because of their gritty, subdued style, which stands apart from many of the vintage space images of the period.
It’s fascinating to look back through the decades to see how we envisioned the future. I’m sure the authors imagined that Russia would probably have cosmonauts on every planet by now. Hopefully we can get some of that excitement back! I’m expecting to live in space at some point in my life…