Sunday, February 2, 2014

Flint Postcards: The Future of Flint

A 1920 postcard presenting a futuristic 1925 vision of Flint, Michigan, with a population of 200,000, a Manhattan-like skyline, blimps galore, and floating ships with sails and oars.


  1. This looks like a drawing from Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo in Slumberland"-and I mean this as a huge compliment. If this was drawn only 5 years before the 1925 Flint it predicted, it must anticipated quite a boom time. Very cool, though I think it was fantasy, and not at an attempt at a realistic expectation by the artist.

  2. I'm guessing this was a postcard that had dozens of other cities stamped on the bottom for sale in other locales. But still a great image. What's up with the ship with sails and oars, with an assist from a blimp?

  3. They actually built the penis tower, but it blew over after a wind storm.

  4. Cool picture! I agree, I don't think that was done specifically for Flint. That a lot of progress in 5 years!

    BTW-I think those are loading ramps not oars. The sails, however...maybe 5 years was too soon for a reliable engine?

  5. The counting building stories in the foreground and scaling to the most distant tall buildings, it would have been about 2500 feet tall.

    The tallest man-made structure in the world in 1927 was the Eiffel Tower, at 1063 feet.

    Methinks the artist wasn't an architect or engineer, and maybe was a bit over-optimistic.

    1. Ha! Definitely some artistic interpretation going on here!

  6. Looks like a Slow Loris creation.


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