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Post WWII Era Transportation Designs

The three press photos shown here, are dated July 26, 1944 and show what designers in the Detroit area were working on at the time and what they had envisioned for post war transportation. The tandem rig (above) is pulled by a futuristic looking tractor, with a mini pod compartment on the top for the driver. The aerodynamic cab was entered from the side door, into what appears to be the sleeper below the driving compartment. This design was meant for over the road shipments.

This local cab-over delivery vehicle was intended to deliver shipments from the airport to the packages destination. The designer intended for the clear plastic packaging to ease visual identification of parcels and reduce weight without sacrificing strength and to speed loading and unloading.

This photo shows us a combination of of different modes of land and water transportation. The tubular bridge design appears to be quite unique and is topped with a roadway for cars trucks and buses along with tracks for trains and a foot path and a lane for smaller vehicles. Note some of the futuristic body designs on a few of the cars. Photos courtesy of the Benjamin Ames collection (scroll down).

One response to “Post WWII Era Transportation Designs

  1. These designs are so entertaining to look at. Those young designers back then were so into the almost “Flash Gorden” look for all things mobile, and even not so mobile. In deed as the fifties progressed the influence of the space race got more pronounced. The stream lined tractor/trailer in the first picture reminds me of the GM Future Liner. Love the pod sticking above the rest of the cab, like some kind of jet cockpit. The cab over delivery vehicle looks like it floating over the road. God i love this stuff.

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