The Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon 50 years ago! Here are 18 ads that best capture the Space Age.
- It's been 50 years since the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969.
- The Space Age had already begun, in 1957, when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit.
- These ads capture the Space Age in all its glory, from space helmet-clad models to rocket-powered cars.
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50 years ago, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. When they returned, along with fellow Apollo 11 crewmember Michael Collins, humanity was more obsessed with space than ever. But the Space Age had already begun 12 years earlier.
The Space Age took off in October 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. Since then, America, and the rest of the world, was seized with a feverish obsession with all things interplanetary. Advertising naturally picked up on the trend and inserted planets, rockets, and astronauts wherever possible.
The Space Age extended way beyond advertising - it ushered in giant tailfins on American cars, Googie architecture, and ground-breaking science fiction films like Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." But these print adverts, which advertised everything from Frigidaire refrigerators to Omega wristwatches, managed to capture our love of all things space.
Here are the most memorable ads that captured the Space Age.