Retrofuturist Flashback: Suburban Saucer

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Here's a little retrofuturism for your Friday. This image comes from a 1950s advertisement and is one of the cooler "flying car" images I've seen recently, delivering the whole "Jetsons" vibe without really coming off too cartoony. It's just another weekday in the future, as Mom takes Lindsey and the dog into town for groceries and then flies home to see Dad and Billy trying out that new robotic lawn mower.

Well, at least they got the robot lawn mower part right.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.