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Spacely Sprockets: 1956

Spacely Sprockets: 1956

1956. "General Motors Technical Center. Warren, Mich. Design Center interior. Eero Saarinen, architect." Kodachrome by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

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Pass the mayonnaise

Given the color of her blouse, it kind of looks like a deviled egg come alive.


The floating staircase mentioned by btravis.

Future shock

The Jetsons called, they said they want their receptionist desk back.

Still looks the same

The Design Center lobby still looks fantastic today. Same desk is used for visitor check in. This lobby also has an amazing floating staircase. Any chance there is a photo of the staircase that can be posted for the Shorping followers?

Walk the dog

Looks like half of a giant, disassembled Duncan yo-yo.

Wearable device

Speaking of futuristic, what is she wearing on her wrist? I wonder if it was Android or iOS?

To Top It Off

That space begs for a Cone of Silence!

Star Wars Breather

Looks like she just pulled her Star Wars fighter out of the battle taking place on the wall behind her.

The future

Ironically "futuristic" even today, yet by the 1970s things like this were being thrown out as "worn" or passe.


What's that Rambler doing in the parking lot, next to the Chevy wagon? This is supposed to be a GM place.


Not every idea is a great idea.

Frisbee inspired

Are we certain this isn't actually the Roswell branch?

It's not so great

wait until they put the top half back on !

Men in Black

Looks like she could be Rip Torn's secretary.

What it is

In homage to the ubiquitous cubicle, what say we call it the circuble?

Good Old Detroit

The Futurism's so bright, I gotta wear shades!


Her present was so bright that she had to wear shades.

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