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Sphere-wheeled car - Reiji Iizuka, 1936

In 1936, Shōnen Club magazine published an illustrated article entitled "World Transportation Invention Competition," which took a look at the future of transportation.
This futuristic car with spherical wheels, illustrated by Reiji Iizuka, is based on an idea from a German inventor. The vehicle's tires -- a pair of oversized rubbery spheres -- offer a smoother ride than the conventional tires on a four-wheeled car, and they act as a cushion in the event of an accident.

Amazingly swift flying machine - Matsujirō Murakami, 1936

This ultra-fast airplane, illustrated by Matsujirō Murakami, is based on a design by an American inventor. The vehicle is powered by propellers that blast air through a pair of large ducts.

Ship with built-in boat dock - Gyosui Suzuki, 1936

This safety-conscious passenger ship, illustrated by Gyosui Suzuki, is based on an idea by an American inventor. The hull of the ship is designed to open up in an emergency, and it contains a small fleet of boats that allow people to escape quickly and safely.

Mountain monorail - Kikuzō Itō, 1936

The design for this innovative monorail train, illustrated by Kikuzō Itō, originated with an American inventor. The two-wheeled design looks rather precarious, but the powerful airplane propeller and tail fin manage to keep the train upright and stable as it zips through the mountains. Extra wheels extend out from the sides when the train comes to a halt.

High-speed tank-style boat - Matsujirō Murakami, 1936

This high-speed battle boat, illustrated by Matsujirō Murakami, is also inspired by an American design. A pair of caterpillar tracks allow the vessel to roll across the water like a tank on land.

P.S. Those who are familiar with mid-1930s Modern Mechanix and other American magazines, will easily find the parallels. Sapienti sat.

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Comment by Larry on October 12, 2010 at 9:16am
Everybody better sit straight and not lean over.:)
Comment by lord_k on October 12, 2010 at 2:47am
To Cap'n Tony:
Want a closer look at the monorail? Voila!
Comment by Cap'n Tony on October 11, 2010 at 7:36pm

Great finds! I love the very well balanced monorail there! That and the "sea tank". Ironic considering they'd be seeing those within the next few years approaching Tarawa.
Comment by lord_k on October 11, 2010 at 3:22pm
Hayen, have you seen the clips I posted in your forum thread?
Comment by Hayen Mill on October 11, 2010 at 3:18pm
Very interesting visuals!
Comment by lord_k on October 11, 2010 at 2:09pm
Here is a typical "source of inspiration":

Comment by Larry on October 11, 2010 at 11:00am
While looking this over I was thinking the same thing as you wrote at the end about it being similar to a Modern Mechanix magazine. Interesting.

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