Back in the 1950s, illustrator Arthur Radebaugh produced many of the sci-fi-meets-main-street visions of technological progress that once signified The Future. If not for Radebaugh s sweeping anticipative works, which cast men in fedoras and women in Coco Chanel as blissful riders on streamlined monorails and flyers of amphibious helicopters, George Jetson may have looked more like Dick Cheney. Radebaugh's work was nearly forgotten until a collection of negatives turned up several years ago in the archives of a historian, long after Radebaugh s death in 1974. Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised runs through October 22 at the Detroit Public Library, but you can check out many of the prints online.
Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised [Palace of Culture]