The Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine has a cool photo essay of "supermarket spaceships," publicity-seeking mock-ups of rocketships that were paraded around to supermarket openings, state fairs, and the like in the 1950s.
Many American kids of the 1950s and 60s were absolutely obsessed with all things space. They were particularly enamored with the space action heroes that they saw on TV — in shows like Captain Video, Space Patrol, and Commando Cody.
This fall's television offerings include Grimm, a fantasy take on the police procedural in which a homicide detective must protect humanity from fairytale evil. And Terry Pratchett has a new procedural on the way, set in his Discworld universe.
The Mono-view Outer Space Helmet (yours for 25 cents and a box top) was just one of a panoply of mail-order goodies the Space Patrol TV show shamelessly hawked to the kiddies during its run from 1950-1955. Remember, Commander Corry wants you to have it! Unless you're a girl, of course: the ad makes it clear the…