from the '50s
that used to be futuristic
but is now retro
. Think Disney
, motels and gas stations with big rocket
-themed signs, or just about anything that includes that swirly atom
's world was kind of googie; so were most world fairs from the '50s
to the '70s
. The term itself comes from
"Googie's," a coffee shop in Los Angeles
(it's not there anymore).
Keep your eyes open and you'll come across googie buildings from time to time. They're neat but also kind of sad -- discarded rough drafts of a future
we never built.
There’s an excellent googie website at http://home.fea.net/~cjepsen/Googie.htm.