The Airship and Futurism: Utopian Visions of the Airship
This 1898 poster advertised a musical comedy on the New York stage:
And this 1910 postcard from France illustrated “Life in the Year 2000″:
Mixing the Airship and the Airplane: The View from the 1930′s
Futurists of the early 20th Century often combined lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air technology, as in this urban skyscraper airport and solar-powered aerial landing field:
Sometimes futurist airship visions were promoted by companies which were actually involved in the lighter-than-air business.
For example, the Goodyear-Zeppelin company, which built the American airships Akron and Macon, and which had a financial interest in the promotion of the passenger dirigible, frequently offered alluring illustrations of future airship travel.
Goodyear president Paul Litchfield and publicist Hugh Allen included the following pictures in their 1945 book, WHY? Why has America no Rigid Airships?:
Goodyear publicist Hugh Allen’s 1931 book, The Story of the Airship, included drawings of zeppelin interiors which even included a fireplace:
The Airship and the Soviet Future
Under the illusion that communism was the way of the future, Soviet propagandists loved images of modernity and enlisted the airship in their cause.
Unflyable Airship Fantasies
Sometimes illustrators got so carried away depicting lavish interiors that they neglected to leave room for much lifting gas, as in this illustration from The American Magazine.
The article described future airships to be built by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company, which would be “fitted up as sumptuously as a Palm Beach winter hotel”: