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Nazi Paleo-Futurism (1941)

Heliport/Railway StationMartin Kappler has scanned and uploaded a German poster from 1941 which shows Third Reich images of the paleo-future. The poster was in a book called Durch die weite Welt vol. XIX, one in a series of books for boys.

Many thanks to Flickrfy for the tip, and of course, Martin Kappler for scanning and translating this poster.

The headline and main text read:

What new things will the technology of tomorrow bring?
Today still a venturous plan - tomorrow maybe reality

Technology and economy in the Greater German Reich have gone into an unexpected upswing. The largest network of Autobahn highways has been constructed in just a few years, whole new industries were created and great architectural and urbanistic tasks are about to be realised. Although the war, that was forced upon us, makes it necessary to concentrate our economy on the war efforts, the great plans for the buildup are drawn with the certitude of our victory in mind. Many keen inventions and many thoughts that still seem fantastic today will then be realised. The pictures in this poster show on which branches the engineers are working today and what the technology of tomorrow will bring.

Underground Train called "Driving Torpedo"
Stratospheric Airplane
Ocean Liner
Water Airplane
Double Decker Bus
Submarine With Rotating Outer Hull

See also:
Commuter Helicopter (1947)
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900)
Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A. (1958)

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Reader Comments (26)

So you mean if the Nazi's won I would actually have my flying car?


August 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's awesome! More nazi futurism please!

August 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTed Mahsun

I think the one image isn't a Motel, it's an elevator-based parking garage. Which is a great idea, only just now being implemented in Europe and Japan.

Love the 5-crew member cockpit in the seaplane. Guess those German labor unions were strong even then... Of course the seaplane as a whole would have been noisy as f**k, given the disbursed location of the 3 engines

August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

Ironically the Nazi movement attracted people with conflicting agendas. On the one hand it drew in technological visionaries who wanted to build futuristic cities connected by autobahns and air travel; and on the other hand it also drew in romantic neo-Luddites who wanted to return the German people to a life of simple and healthy organic farming, resettling them in the newly acquired Lebensraum to the East.

August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

That seaplane, I think, is actually an unbuilt design called the Seversky Super Clipper. (See Although the German propaganda would be loath to admit it, it was designed by a Russian living in America.

August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin

Aren't those Dymaxion cars and buses at ground level in the Heliport Train Station picture?

The sub -- save for the rotating outer hull -- is a remarkably contemporary design.

August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBuzz

come to think of it, spinning those two large hull sections to screw through the water will result in some pretty massive counter-torque on the core of the sub. Hang on boys, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

August 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterwutzke

Hello, I'm the guy who scanned this poster. It's hanging on my wall..

@ wutzke: The poster states that the submarine has a gyroskope to counter the counter-torque. It's the round thing with numer 2 on the drawing. It's for mail delivery by the way.

The elevator-based garage is a motel. The text reads: (Nazi-Voice) "The next years of peace will bring an enourmous rise of automobile traffic. Great car-hotels will be created in wich cars and their driver will be comforted."

August 6, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterherr.vorragend

Oh, yeah, wink-wink, nudge-nudge "mail delivery"...

August 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBuzz

I just love these aeroplans. None of them have jet-engines. All are propell driven.

All futuristic images from the era between 1930-1960 are so fun to watch.

The elevator-hotel text is just hilarious. The next year of peace. Just like the war was about to end.

August 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth

I been scanning my eyes with these poster and something is not right. Where all the Swastikas? That guy have an amazing vision a futuristic Germany without the Nazis!

November 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Captain Future meets the Nazis... cool

January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy

какая жесть

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIlya

какая жесть

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIlya

Brings to mind the flashy Nazi technologies in Philip K. Dick's alt-history 'The Man in the High Castle'. Cool book. Very apropos of this site.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

From the ad's unitedstatesofobama
is somewhat simular to the sickening personality cult build around hitler.
Is it any different because the the furer is now black?

June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On June 29 "Annonymous" said:

"From the ad's unitedstatesofobama
is somewhat simular to the sickening personality cult build around hitler. Is it any different because the the furer is now black?"

It is not different because he is black.

It is different because, should he become President, he will have been ELECTED by the citizens and be the chief executive of a nation where people are actually allowed to say what you did, or publish it in a book or newspaper and actually use their own name when they do so, without fear of being arrested or disappearing. And when his allotted time as leader is up, he will peacefully allow the transfer of power to whomever the people elect to replace him. People in such nations often take that for granted these days, but it is a hugely significant difference to the society headed by Heir Hitler.

But I still want my flying car!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpoon Phillips

For whatever wrongs Adolf Hitler comitted, he was elected by the German people. Also, you were allowed to express your opinions, as long as they conformed to the political correctness of the times. Just as it is today.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

how about.... obama isn't killing people? hitler was? how is that notion missed?

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranonimous2

the whole aesthetic of the era, from the 30s to the 60s, is captivating. someday i'd love to see modern technology combined with 50s art-deco; hypersonic airliners with the lines of a DC-3, hydrogen-powered cars with huge gaudy tailfins, all that brilliant crap

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersagsdgd

Notice how nothing has swastikas on it. Guess they got something right.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVoltaire R.

I like the pressurised cabin of the aircraft, I thought that allied bombers had those by the end of the war.

Strange that the are no jet/rocket engines, the Nazis were quite fond of those.
So why revert back to propellers?

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wouldn't attribute that beautiful vision of the future to the fact that they were NAZIs, nay, but to the fact that they were German, and poor misguided Germans whom had a lot of potential to make the world a better place whom didn't need Hitler's influence to achieve it either. So, WWII set back German and Japanese productivity, look at them now and imagine where the entire world would be by now if it weren't for the global WWII setback.

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterquantum_flux

The German rocket program was top-secret, military only. This poster looks like it was for civilian consumption. That's why there are no jet/rocket engines shown.

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacyC.

"For whatever wrongs Adolf Hitler comitted, he was elected by the German people. Also, you were allowed to express your opinions, as long as they conformed to the political correctness of the times. Just as it is today."

Hitler was elected chancellor. He inherited executive power after assassinating President Hindenburg and suspending personal freedoms and suppressing democratic processes after a fire in the Reichstag was blamed on the communists.

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Hindenburg was NOT assassinated.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

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