Photography by Carl Mydans
Oxford Circus 1958, nearly 60 years’ ago, but station – and crowds – still very recognisable. Pics from Rob Baker.
The rocket-powered monorail of the future, as envisaged in 1954 by science fiction illustrator Ed Valigursky.
‘An Undersea Civilization’, as drawn by commercial artist and pulp illustrator Ken Fagg for a 1954 If magazine cover. It’s a glorious cross between a Chernikov constructivist fantasy and a cake stand cover.
Frederick Gibberd’s Chrisp St Market Clock Tower, Poplar, dates from 1952 and is now listed by English Heritage.
Osbert Lancaster provided the artwork for the cover of Inside the Pub, an architectural study of British pubs, published in 1950. Is there a pub left in the land that looks like this?
Left Luggage, mid-century style, from the Festival of Britain, 1951. Source