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Frank R. Paul



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One of the First Cartoon Flying Cars


This entry is included in Roadable Times solely for the historical record, rather than for its contribution to the creation of a viable flying car. Apparently in the 1920's Frank R. Paul was an artist and cartoonist who not only drew this interpretation of a flying car, but actually made a living drawing space stations, robots and aliens from other planets. He also did renditions of starships plowing across the galaxy. It is reported that he was the guest of honour at the first world science fiction convention.

Clearly, the man was ahead of his time. In the 1920's cars were still rather boxy and mostly painted black, while the auto in this picture looks like something out of the 1950's. Starships didn't have their heyday until the 1980's when Captain Kirk took the helm. Mr. Paul didn't seem to have much of a grasp on aerodynamics though.


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