Googie. A visual architectural style that is "somewhere between Hindu Temples and launching pads."
Professor Dave Hickey of the University of Nevada, commenting on the Googie-style of architecture -- characterized by "upswept winglike roofs, domes, satellite shapes and starbursts that became the dominant visual language of motels, diners and gasoline stations" -- which the New York Times this week cited as one more domino in the crazy cultural cascade that Sputnik (in part) tipped off when the Russians launched her into space 50 years ago today.
Flickr's got Googie going on (of course) -- two different groups:
• Googie, anyone?, and
• Googie: The ORIGINAL and BEST Googie Group (just in case you thought otherwise)
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