Good Girl Deserves a Good Robot for Herself

Something about a pretty girl in the company of an imposing robot spoke very dearly to the hearts of readers and movie-goers of the Fifties' Space Era. Chrome was at the height of industrial fashion, and the curvy reflective plates of friendly (and not so friendly) robots played well against curvy shapes of the poster girls.

I planned to do this homage to the 50s style for some time, being partly inspired by illustrations from collectible science fiction pulp magazines, and partly by such sites as Fogonazos, or World of Kane with their own collections. So here is the first part of "Futuristic Ladies" post (the next one will feature space girls). Most images are promotional shots for the "Forbidden Planet" movie (1956) with Anne Francis, rare shots from various 60s TV series and, of course, art from vintage SF magazines.

Lady with... a diver. Same idea, though.


Ladies & Vintage Computers

(image credit: Joel Johnson)

Send us more pictures of this fascinating combination.

By the way, it all started in 1910, however they had typewriters instead of computers back then (see more here; some nsfw)


Pulp Art

Such masters as Virgil Finlay, Chesley Bonestell, Ed Emshwiller made reading SF magazines FUN in the 50s.


One modern example:

(image credit: Worth1000)

Today, only Japan seem to retain interest in robots+girls (with cultural references too numerous to mention)

The rest of the world is rather indifferent to this excellent vintage fashion. As this striking photograph says in its title: "The Party's Over".

(image credit: mister pj)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...


is not a robot.. there's a Blob of green alien inside.. the shell is just it's transport machine...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just Japan.The cylons of Battlestar Galactica fall into the robot+girl catagory.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

picky picky picky. Why can't people just enjoy these images for what they are? a robotic shell is still a robot of sorts. How do you know it doesn't have a seperate A.I of it's own?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that the name of Earle Bergey, who was responsible for those iconic robot attacks girl images was left off the list. He more than any other pulp artist, for establishing this genre.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No recent US girl and robot iconography? I beg to differ: just look at stuff by the artist Coop (coopstuff.com)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, truly an amazing trip down memory lane!

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Blogger Saldivia said...

"Lost In Space" sitcom showed some of this aesthetic, with a twist of paedofilia. Do you remembre the robot and penny dialogues?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most recent robot + girl example I can think of was in the Transformers cartoon between a girl and a plane.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, a Dalek is not a robot, either.


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