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The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.

                   

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"Things Futuro" - My Collection Of Futuro Memorabilia, Collectibles, Books, & Magazines | Updated 070817 | Added 100112

My interest in the Futuro House quickly became my passion for the Futuro House and eventually, as I am sure my wife would say, my obsession with the Futuro House. I have now begun to collect books, magazines and other items that related to the Futuro House. This collection, as is the case with all collections, is starting off relatively small and with easy to obtain pieces but over time I hope to grow it into a collection worthy of a "Futuro Nut". Given that I will likely never have the resources to buy, transport and restore a Futuro this collection is, at least for me, the next best thing.

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The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive | Updated 120914 | Added 092714

The late Charles Cleworth was a long time entrepreneur and a significant investor in the Futuro House in the US. "Back in the day" Charles was the President of the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado and during the course of his involvement with the Futuro House he accumulated and stored many papers, documents, letters, plans, drawings and other items associated with the Futuro House and the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado. Charles Cleworth's family has passed this important contribution to Futuro history to TheFuturoHouse.com to be preserved and catalogued.

Go To | The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive

Other Archives & Collections | Added 020715

In addition to this personal collection of "Things Futuro" and The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive TheFuturoHouse.com is also host to a couple of other smaller collections of historical items. At this time there is one collection that is a "digital" collection of photos and other items and one "physical" collection of drawings and photographs. Over time the hope is that other collections can be located and added here to add to the Futuro "knowledge collective" and also to ensure they are preserved.

Go To | The Colquhoun Archive | The De Martini Collection

Can You Help Translate Anything?

TranslateThere are several books, magazines and other items in this collection in languages other than English. Most will likely not contain any "new" information but without knowing exactly what they contain there is no way of knowing what hidden gems of information might be in them.

If you are able and would be willing to translate an item please click the Translate icon for that item to send an email requesting high res files for the purposes of translation. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. You would receive full attribution for the translation along with a link to your own website or other url and you would also have the satisfaction of knowing your are contributing to the Futuro knowledge store here on this website.

A Note On Copyright Material

Please note that this page contains screenshots of various books, magazines and other items in my collection. Most of these items, and certainly all of the books and magazines are subject to copyright and the images are deliberately of a fairly low resolution and are used here simply to catalogue my collection and to provide you with a glimpse of what you would be getting if you chose to follow a similar path to me and purchase any of these items for yourself. If you wish to display any of this subject matter on your own website or otherwise use it please respect the publishers copyright and purchase your own copy.

If You Are Planning To Buy Any Of The Books Or Items Listed Here Please Read

This page is not designed to be advertising and I am not trying to sell you anything. However there are expenses with keeping up a website and I spend a great deal of time researching and trying to maintain this site as the most up to date and complete Futuro House resource on the web. So if, and only if, you already intend to purchase for yourself something I have in this collection please consider using the links provided here to do so if the price is right [I strongly suggest exploring other online retailers as well before making a purchase; most of the links here are to Amazon and while their prices are mostly fair they are not always the cheapest]. Doing this will not increase your cost but it will earn me a small [and it is small] commission on the sale and you know what the proverbial "they" say - every little helps!

Memorabilia & Collectibles | Updated 070817 | 137 [In addition to the items listed here more can be found in the The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive]

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Slightly Odway | Music CD | Purchased 080212
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Slightly Odway     Slightly Odway by Jebediah features cover art that includes a shot of the Futuro currently in storage somewhere in High Wycombe, Perth and formerly located at Leach Highway/Karel Avenue. The Futuro is currently the focus of a Facebook Group "Bring Back The Leach Hwy/Karel Ave Spaceship" [Dead - pdf].


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Futuro Brochure 1970's | Sales Materials | Purchased 080512

This is what I believe is an original Futuro brochure; presumably from the early 1970's. The brochure features 4 pages; the front shows a photograph of a Futuro [though black and white it looks like a "mirror image" of the photo seen in color in the book Where's My Space Age?]. There are three photos and a schematic inside and a floorplan on the back.

The brochure was originally from the Futuro Corporation, PA [this is printed on the front] but it appears that it was actually distributed by a Delaware distributor. There is a "stamp" on the front [very faint and impossible to read in the photograph] that reads "New Dimensions Inc. Distributors For Futuro Fiberglass Homes, Route 1 Box 272, Milton, Delaware 19968.

Futuro Brochure [DE] Front  Futuro Brochure [DE] Back

Futuro Brochure [DE] Inside

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Futuro Flyer 1970's | French | Sales Materials | Purchased 110912



This item is an original French language Futuro Flyer [single sheet printed on both sides]; though I do not know exactly it is almost certainly from the early 1970's. On the front [?] the flyer lists the "technical specifications" of the Futuro House [though in general terms rather than specific detailed] and on the back [?] there are schematics showing the exterior elevation and a typical internal layout.

At the bottom of the text on the front [?] there is a statement that tells the reader to "contact us" with any questions but the flyer contains no contact information. Though only a theory that suggests to me that this was probably a technical insert in a package that contained more materials; marketers today, and likely back in the 70's, often put together a promotional folder that includes various inserts providing information on different aspects of whatever was being publicized.

I will be trying to research this further though it may be hard to find out any definite information. If you know anything about the background of this piece I would really like to hear from you.

The flyer is in French; I have entered the text into Google Translate to get a rudimentary translation [download pdf file]. All machine translations are a little suspect so the translation is clearly not anything like 100% accurate; at some point I will get a "real" translation. If you have such a translation or can help create one it would be much appreciated.

French Flyer Front  French Futuro Flyer Back

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WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 | Collectibles | Purchased 110912



Futuro #001 spent most of its life in Hirvensalmi, Finland on the property of entertainer Matti Kuusla. In 2011 the Futuro was purchased by The WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland and restored. The Futuro was open to the public through the summer of 2012 [050812 through 091612] and the intention is that it will remain with the Exhibition Center and be open to the public each summer. This is an original Finnish language version of a flyer for the exhibition in the summer of 2012.

Photos on the flyer include the Futuros located in Hirvensalmi [now Espoo], Dombai and Luumäki [now almost certainly the unit located in Pöytyä].

Finnish WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 Outside

Finnish WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 Inside

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Futuro Stamp | Numerical Cancel | Postal Items | Purchased 111612

Wikipedia defines Numerical Cancels as "cancels whereby numbers were used to identify specific post offices." I am not stamp collector and know nothing about stamp collecting; to be frank the explanation does not mean a whole lot to me. Nevertheless this is an example of a "numerical cancel" featuring the 1971 Futuro Stamp.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The Futuro Stamp - Numerical Cancel

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Press Photo, Belgium - 083171 | Photographs | Purchased 111912

This is an original Press Photo from 1971. The photo is 10¼" by 8" and shows an unusual grouping of three Futuros. The photo is dated 083171, stamped by the Keystone Press Agency, Inc and carries a sticker on the back which reads:

"AUGUST 31st. 1971. ... NOT 'FLYING SAUCERS' ... No - these are not flying saucers landing in Belgium, - but futuristic looking bungalows. They were designed by Finnish architect, Matti Suuronen, and made of fibre glass. ... H/Keystone ... /838111

There are several references to there being three Futuros in Belgium [see the Tildonk Futuro page for details] in the early 70's and most suggest they were initially together at a single location; almost certainly this is a photograph of those Futuros given the reference to Belgium and also to the almost complete lack of any other examples of three Futuro's together.

The only other photograph of three Futuros together I have seen can be found on page 132 of the April 2001 issue of Casa Brutus Magazine [#13]. I have no idea if anything in the magazine could help place the photograph, I cannot read it and have not yet found anyone to translate from Japanese but what is extremely interesting is that in that photo one of the Futuros is marked with the words "Futuro Bungalows".

I have only seen the word "bungalow" used to describe a Futuro in two places; the photo in Casa Brutus and the text on the back of this photo. It seems to me that perhaps both photos are of the same grouping of Futuros but from different angles; obviously that is just conjecture but there is nothing I can see in the photographs that precludes that possibility and, as indicated earlier, I have never come across any other grouping of three Futuros.

This photograph was taken at 50°47'18.64"N 4°25'14.94"E - there is a screenshot showing the location as it currently appears in Google Maps on the Belgian Futuro page along with some interior shots of one of these Futuros.

Keystone Agency Press Photo - Three Futuros In Belgium - Front Photo

Keystone Agency Press Photo - Three Futuros In Belgium - Back Photo

Keystone Agency Press Photo - Three Futuros In Belgium - Front Scan

As I found previously with the Baltimore Sun Wirephoto there is a drastic difference between the images resulting from me scanning and photographing this photo with the actual appearance of the photo being somewhere in between the two. The top two images show front and back photographed; the last image is a scan of the photo; it is interesting to note my scanner chose to "crop" a large portion of the sky, too white I assume. The actual aspect of the photo is represented in the top two images.

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Music From The Film "Futuro" | Music CD | Purchased 120112

Ektroverde     "Futuro - Music From The Film Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow" by Ektroverde is the soundtrack from the 1998 Mika Taanila short film of the same name. I have to confess that musically it is not really my "cup of tea" but hey - the CD has Futuro on the cover so I guess it can't be too bad.


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Dombai Futuro Matchbox | Collectibles | Purchased 122312

This is, in my opinion at least, one of the coolest additions to my collection to date; a matchbox that features the Dombai Futuro. It is actually large for a matchbox measuring approximately 8½" by 2½" and it is in "as new" condition with the strike strip never having been used and containing what appears to be its full and original complement of green headed matches.

Of course I cannot read any of the text; best guess is that is was either sold at the Hotel Tarelka where the Futuro serves as a "mess hall" for the hotel or as a souvenir from some other business in Dombai that featured the Futuro as one of the area's landmarks. If anyone can tell me what the text says I would appreciate it.

Matchbox Featuring Dombai Futuro Front

Matchbox Featuring Dombai Futuro Open

Matchbox Featuring Dombai Futuro Back

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Press Photo, Hiekkaharju - 042568 | Photographs | Purchased 022013

This is an original UPI [United Press International] Press Photo that was taken early 1968 and is one a pair, the other half of which is a photograph of the exterior of the Futuro House taken the same day. The annotation on the back indicates Helsinki but a comparison of the exterior photograph and a photograph of a Futuro at the Polykem Plant found on page 24 of the book "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday" edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila confirms that the photographs were taken at the Polykem Plant in Hiekkaharju. Given the date it seems most likely that this is a photograph of Futuro #000 though I cannot be certain of that.

On the rear of the photograph is the date it was taken, 042568, the date it was used 080168 [though there is no indication of what publication it was used in], a handwritten annotation that simply reads "House Futuro" and a typed note that reads:

"Space Age Living | Helsinki, Finland: Inside the ellipsoid house, (left to right) architect Matti Suuronen, technician Heikki Tikkanen, Sven Lindforas, Yrjo Ronkka and Peter Stude discuss its floor plans. The sides of the one-room house will be fitted with specially designed furniture, while a combination open fireplace and grill will be in place in the middle of the room."

The annotations on the back of the photograph do not tell us the roles of all of the individuals seen in the photograph but Anna-Maija Kuitunen's thesis "Futuro no. 001 : Documentation and Evaluation of Preservation Need" tells us that Sven Lindforas was "in charge of the manufacturing technique", Yrjo Ronkka was an engineer dealing with structural calculations and Peter Stude was the project foreman.

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Front Photo

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Back Photo

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually somewhere between those seen in the photo and the scan.

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Press Photo, Turenki? - 012970 | Photographs | Purchased 032313

This is an original Press Photo purchased from the Rogers Photo Archive and shows a white Futuro partially covered in snow located on a snow covered hillside with trees around it.

There are several annotations on the back of the photo; among them is one dated 020170 that reads:

"The Futuro, Leisure Home which will be the star of the 10-day Colorado Garden and Home Show opening Friday at Currigan Hall."

That could be interpreted as meaning the Futuro in the photo was the one being exhibited or it could be interpreted as meaning the photo was simply an "example" of a Futuro and not the one being displayed as part of the exhibition.

I have not had the time to research the photo but looking at the location I tend to think this is a "stock" press photo and not a photo of the Futuro being exhibited; the location simply does not look like an exhibition site and in any case the annotation on the back of the photo references "Currigan Hall" [demolished 2002] which suggests an indoor exhibition.

The earliest stamped date on the back of the photo is 012970 and I imagine that is the date the photo was taken. At that time Futuro #000 was located in Turenki, Finland and the photograph seems very similar to others I have seen of the Futuro in Turenki; I cannot be certain without further research but I have strong feeling this was a photo of Turenki used in a US newspaper reporting on the 1970 Colorado Home & Garden Show.

Press Photo, 012970 - Turenki? - Front Photo

Press Photo, 012970 - Turenki? -  - Hiekkaharju - Back Photo

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Front Scan

As always there are differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo though in this case they are more similar than usual. The top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is very close to that seen in the top photo. The scan disregarded a section of the hillside at the bottom and returned a cropped version of the photo.

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Dreaming Future House : 1968 | DVD Video | Purchased 070313

Japanese DVD - Dreaming Future House     Mika Taanila directed the film "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow." The film features some great early footage of several Futuros along with interviews with several Futuro "celebrities" including, among others, Matti Suuronen [architect and Futuro designer], Matti Kuusla [owner of Futuro 001], Ensio Söderström [CEO of Polykem Oy] and Charles Wilp [artist & Futuro owner].

This is a Japanese subtitled version of the 1998 Taanila film.

If you do not speak Japanese a DVD featuring a copy of the film along with many wonderful extras comes with the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila. In addition you can obtain a copy of the film - without the extras - as a part of the compilation DVD Aike & Aine.

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Set Of 3 Original 1970's Postcards | Postal Items | Purchased 080313

I correspond regularly with several Futuro owners and fans and from time to time we trade memorabilia. Recently I was able to send a couple of photos to one such fan and in return I got a package of several interesting Futuro items. In the package was this set of three original postcards from the 1970's showing the Saint-Ouen Futuro on display at La Défense in Paris, France.

The Saint-Ouen Futuro was at La Défense from 1968 until sometime in the 70's. I am not sure exactly when it was moved from that location; I originally thought 1972 but based on the evidence of these postcards and a photo I recently came across I believe it was there until at least 1977. You can find much more information on my Saint-Ouen Futuro page.

Two of the three postcards were actually mailed; one was never used. Of the two that were mailed one has a clear postmark indicating it was mailed 121975; the postmark on the other is obscured.

Other postcards can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 1 Front

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 1 Back

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 2 Front

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 2 Back

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 3 Front

Futuro, La Défense, 1970's - Postcard 3 Back

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2006 Belgian Film Festival Program | Collectibles | Purchased 080313



The 2006 Film Festival "2E Documentair Film Platform Zone" [Antwerpen - Gent - Kortrijk ] took place 031506 through 031906. The festival featured, among other works, several films by director Mika Taanila. Among them was the 1998 film "Futuro - A New Stance For Tomorrow".

This is a Program Booklet from the festival which features a short write up on the Futuro film along with some stock photos showing a couple of possible Futuro uses that never came to fruition and a shot of Futuro #001 at Hirvensalmi in 1968.

You can download a PDF file of this Program from here and, while the photos are missing and the formatting is all messed up, you can get a rough translation of the text using Google Translate here.

2006 Belgian Film Festival Program - Cover  2006 Belgian Film Festival Program - Inside

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Two First Day Covers | Postal Items | Purchased 082413

This pair of Futuro Stamp First Day Covers feature different covers than those I had previously found. In addition one is unusual in that it features four stamps.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

First Day Cover

First Day Cover

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Ghent Design Museum Flyer 2002 | Collectibles | Purchased 083113



The Design Museum in Ghent, Belgium held an exhibition titled "From Bakelite To Composite" at the end of 2002. The exhibition ran from 110902 through 022303 and is described on the Museum's website as:

"... an exhibition about the history and development of the use of fibre reinforced materials in consumer products and the influence of composites on the evolution of design in the second half of the twentieth century.

There was no Futuro displayed at the exhibition [at least as far as I can ascertain] but nevertheless a photo of the Futuro House dominates this small "four-fold" flyer for the exhibition. The Futuro House also appears in the book "From Bakelite To Composite" which was inspired by the exhibition.

The text on the flyer is in Dutch so I cannot read it and I have added it to my growing list of things I need to get translated.

First Day Cover

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I believe this postcard showing the Dombai Futuro dates from 1981; the date 1981 is printed on the back of the postcard and while it is possible this could be the date of the photograph not the postcard in my experience such dates generally indicate the date the postcard was produced. For a 30 plus year old item it is in absolutely amazing condition. Interestingly the image on the postcard is the same one that features on this 1985 Russian Cover.

Dombai Futuro - 1981 Postcard Front

Dombai Futuro - 1981 Postcard Back

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Press Photo, London - 100868 | Photographs | Purchased 092513

This is an original [certified] Press Photograph taken 100868 purchased from the archives of the Baltimore Sun. The photo is 9¼" by 7" and is a shot of Futuro 002 in London, England in 1968.

On the rear of the photograph is the date, 101068, a category name and number, a bar code and a typed note on piece of brown tape that reads:

"PLASTIC HOUSE - LONDON: What looks like some kind of undersea vehicle is actually a futuristic house, unveiled aboard the motor ship Finnpartner here 10/7 at the start of the Finnish Trade Fair. The house is constructed of polyester plastic reinforced with fiber glass. It weighs more than a ton and can be transported in sections. In background is London's Tower Bridge."

The Futuro House has been photographed hundreds of times in many locations over the years and there are several photos that you might describe as "iconic". Perhaps the most well known of these is the 1968 photograph of Futuro 001 located at the time in Hirvensalmi, Finland on the property of entertainer Matti Kuusla. Futuro 001 is now of course in the collection of the WeeGee Exhibition Center.

Running a close second in my opinion is this photograph of Futuro # 002 aboard the Finnpartner on the Thames in London in 1968 and it is exiting to have this photograph in my collection. Futuro # 002 is now located in Matsalu, Estonia but in 1968 as a part of the Finnfocus-Export Fair Futuro 002 became the first Futuro to be exhibited to a "mass audience."

Also in my collection is an original press photo of the interior which you can see here along with a RPPC and a poster print both showing the Finnpartner with Futuro onboard.

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 100868 - London - Front Photo

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 100868 - London - Back Photo

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 100868 - London - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually quite close to that seen in the bottom photo. The top photo also shows the original photo in it's entirety; the scanner decided to crop white areas around the edge of the photograph and so the scanned image shows a slightly cropped version of the original photograph.

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Future House | Music CD | Purchased 110113

Future House is a February 2004 release on the label Rambling Japan. The CD, by various artists, is characterized as being of the genre "Funky/Club House"; being not much of a music type that means nothing to me though this Wikipedia Page attempts to explain. The front and back covers and the insert feature the Futuro House.

Future House - Front  Future House - Back

As delivered the CD had a small cardboard advert around the spine. This advert was for the DVD "Dreaming Future House"; not sure if the music on the CD is from the DVD or not; I have not listened to it. The advert can be seen in the two shots below.

Future House - Front With Insert  Future House - Back With Insert

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Mort d'un pourri | DVD Video | Purchased 112313

       The 1977 French movie Mort d'un pourri, a crime thriller starring Alain Delon, very briefly included a Futuro House in the background of one scene. The Futuro was the one now located in Saint Ouen, France which, at the time of shooting, was located at the C.N.I.T. building at La Défense, Paris.

The Futuro appears at 1:50:38 for just a couple of seconds in the background of an outdoor scene shot at outside the C.N.I.T. building. The Futuro can be seen to the left of the screenshot from the movie displayed below.

Mort d'un pourri - 1:50:38

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This 1978 Russian Mint Cover features the Dombai Futuro. There is also a 1985 Russian Mint Cover which features a different image of the Futuro.

Dombai Futuro - 1978 Mint Cover

Dombai Futuro - 1978 Mint Cover

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Press Photo, Helsinki - 072268 | Photographs | Purchased 030614

Update 031514

Futuro House - Kitchen - Yves BusseWhen I added this item a few days ago I was not absolutely certain it was a photo of a Futuro House. Since then I have come across a couple of photos that have convinced me that it is. The first, seen left, was sent to me in an email - thanks Yves. The second, seen below, I came across on the website einestages.spiegel.de and is a photo of the interior of the Berlin Futuro.

Berlin Futuro - Kitchen - einestages.spiegel.deBoth these photos are similar to the "Weekend House Of Space Age" Press Photo and I am now certain the press photo is indeed a photo of a Futuro despite there being no reference to "Futuro" in the description.

In particular I had been unable to figure out exactly what I was seeing in the bottom right corner of the press photo but now it is clear that we are seeing an angled panel and the edge of one of the lower windows; this can be seen in the photo Yves sent me and it is particularly clear in the einestages.spiegel.de photo to the right.



Original Information 030614

This is an original Press Photo from 1968. The photo is 8" by 10¼" and shows a portion of the interior of a Futuro House. The photo is dated 072268, stamped EUROPIX [Copyright United Press International], carries a handwritten annotation that reads "A734 Inside" and carries a label on the back which reads:

"LN 559110 LEH LONDON BUREAU - THE WEEKEND HOUSE OF SPACE AGE - HELSINKI, SWEDEN: The plastic week-end house is designed for five persons. Except for the grill a little kitchenette also helps inhabitants in the dining problems. - 22nd July 1968 PN-DF - UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL"

Descriptions attached to photos of the Futuro house are sometimes a little misleading and it is not unusual for them to be described as something other than a Futuro House. In this case there is nothing in the description on the back of the photo referencing the Futuro House at all. We are told the photo is of a "plastic week-end house" and that it was designed for "five persons", everything I have read suggests the Futuro could accommodate [very cozily in my opinion] up to eight people. In addition the writer seems a little geographically challenged; the text references "Helsinki, Sweden" but as far as I know Helsinki is the capital city of Finland.

Given the lack of anything actually referencing the Futuro I was not entirely sure this was a photograph of a Futuro when I first saw it. However after looking more closely I believe that it does indeed show a small portion of the interior of a Futuro House; in particular I believe the shape of the window in the rear of the shot is clearly indicative of a Futuro. If you have a different opinion let me know; you can use my Contact Form or email me.

Press Photo, UPI 072268 - Helsinki Interior - Front Photo

Press Photo, UPI 072268 - Helsinki Interior - Back Photo

Press Photo, UPI 072268 - Helsinki Interior - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually quite close to that seen in the bottom photo but the scanner ignored the white borders around the photograph so the top picture is a more true representation of the obverall appearance and shape of the photo.

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Weird US: This Odd House | DVD Video | Purchased 031814

Weird US - This Odd House DVDWeird US was a reality TV series aired on The History Channel [2004-2005] which starred Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman scouring the US for all things weird. Moran and Sceurman were the founders of the magazine Weird NJ [several issues of which featured the Futuro House - check out the Magazines section of this page] and expanded their business to other states, books and TV.

Episode 8 of the series is titled "This Odd House" and includes a two minute section featuring the Futuro House. The feature includes commentary, several still shots of Futuro Houses - Dombai & Hirvensalmi [now Espoo] among others - and a couple of short video clips which feature Futuro #002 on the Finnpartner at Finnfocus in 1968 and Barney Vincelette's Houston Futuro [and Barney himself even makes a brief non speaking appearance].

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Klara Ostaniewicz DrawingKlara Ostaniewicz is a polish architect and professional artist who uses pencil to celebrate architectural structures through beautifully crafted drawings.

This drawing is a representation of the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg and the Futuro [now located in Limni, Corfu] that was displayed during the Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction exhibition in 2007.

Other examples of Klara's work can be found on her blog.

I thought this drawing was awesome when I first saw it and added it to the "Bits & Pieces" page. Then my "collector bug" got the better of me and I contacted Klara to see if I could obtain a print from her. Klara obliged and I now have a 20" by 28" print of this great drawing just waiting to be framed and hung.

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Quittenbaum Auction Catalog | 030614 | Collectibles | Purchased 052814

On 060314 German art auction house Quittenbaum auctioned an original Futuro House Chair/Bed Unit. The unit was Lot #38 in Quittenbaum Auction 115A "Scandinavian Design" and was listed with a guide price of €3,000-4,000. This is the printed catalog for the auction.

I considered putting in a bid on the unit; while I dream of owning my own Futuro realistically I am unlikely to ever be in a position to realize that dream. More realistically I am planning to at some point to turn one room in my house into a sort of "Futuro Man Cave" and I figured the Chair/Bed unit would be a cool "center piece." Even at the low end of the estimate I would have been stretching it and in the end I decided not to bid and it turned out the low end of the estimate would not have made it anyway; the unit sold for €4,500.

Quittenbaum Auction - Scandinavian Design - 060314 - Catalog Cover  Quittenbaum Auction - Scandinavian Design - 060314 - Lot 38

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RPPC - Finnpartner/Futuro 1968 | Photographs | Purchased 062314

This is a 5½" x 3½" real photo postcard [or RPPC] showing Futuro #002 [now located in Matsalu, Estonia] aboard the Finnpartner. The Finnpartner, with the Futuro onboard, sailed from Helsinki, Finland to London, England for the 1968 exhibition Finnfocus.

The front of the item features a photograph of the Finnpartner. There appear to be docks in the background behind the ship. The Futuro House is clearly visible amidships. The reverse is stamped "Copyright Photograph, A Duncan, 14 Primrose Terrace, Gravesend" and carries a handwritten notation "Finnpartner. Finnlines" along with the date 1966.

The precise location of the photograph is unknown though it was clearly not taken "at sea" but given the address referenced in the copyright notice it is reasonable to suggest it was taken around Gravesend on the banks of the River Thames [about half way between London and the English Channel] as the Finnpartner was either on the way to Finnfocus or returning to Finland.

The handwritten notations on the reverse that indicate the year as 1966 are clearly incorrect; the photograph was taken in the fall of 1968 [Finnfocus took place October 1968] and the appearance/aging of the item is that of an item produced at that time rather than a recent print. While I cannot be certain I am confident this is an item produced around 1968 when the photo itself was taken.

Many commercially produced postcards can appear to be RPPC's at first glance. A quick web search tells us the simple test is to look at the item using a magnifying glass. A commercially printed card viewed under magnification appears as a series of small dots [similar to what one would see if looking at a magnified magazine or newspaper photo]. A real photo postcard will not have this appearance. This item passes this test.

Other items in this collection associated with the Finnpartner and Finnfocus can be found here, here, here and here.

What Is A "Real Photo Postcard?

Real photo postcards [or RPPC's] are actual photographs that have been developed on a postcard size photographic paper. The reverse side may have normal postcard printing, it may have handwritten notations or it may be blank. Unlike mass produced commercial postcards, real photo cards are often unique in their subject matter and serve to accurately capture a specific event or location that otherwise may have gone unnoticed. RPPC's may be unique or may exist in small numbers but they are always more rare than commercial postcards.

RPPC - Finnpartner/Futuro House - 1968 - Front - Photo

RPPC - Finnpartner/Futuro House - 1968 - Back - Photo

RPPC - Finnpartner/Futuro House - 1968 - Front - Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is just a little darker than that seen in the scan [bottom image].

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WeeGee Exhibition Flyer 2014 | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

This is another item I picked up during my visit to Espoo and the WeeGee Exhibition Center in July 2014. In this case the item is a free tri-fold flyer with a large WeeGee Futuro Logo on the outside and several photos along with Finnish, Swedish and English text on the inside.

WeeGee Exhibition Flyer 2014 Outside

WeeGee Exhibition Flyer 2014 Inside

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Helsinki Region Museums Guide 2014/15 | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

This is a 2014/15 Guide Book for museums in the Helsinki region with text in several languages. The WeeGee Exhibition Center is listed on page 44 and illustrated with a photo of the Futuro exhibit. I picked this up sometime during my July 2014 trip to Finland though frankly I do not recall where.

Helsinki Region Museums Guide Book 2014/15 - Front  Helsinki Region Museums Guide Book 2014/15 - Page 44

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Saint-Ouen Futuro Postcard | Postal Items | Purchased 071714

This is a contemporary postcard featuring a depiction of the Saint-Ouen Futuro. The card features contact information and is perhaps primarily a publicity or advertising medium.

Saint-Ouen Futuro Postcard

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Dombai Futuro Refigerator Magnets | Collectibles | Purchased 082214

This is a set of five refrigerator magnets featuring the Dombai Futuro purchased from this Russian website.

Set Of Five Dombai Futuro Refrigerator Magnets

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Dombai Futuro Key Chains | Collectibles | Purchased 082214

This is a set of two key chains featuring the Dombai Futuro purchased from this Russian website.

Set Of Five Dombai Futuro Refrigerator Magnets

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West Caucasus Mountains Atlas | Collectibles | Purchased 120514

Futuro House Logo Mug - WeeGee Exhibition ShopI cannot read the text of this atlas which is in Russian but the E-Bay listing for it was in English and it was described as "West Caucasus Mountains 1:100 000 atlas trekking hiking map Elbrus Dombay 2007". The listing indicated that it covered the western Russian part of the Caucasus from the Black Sea (near Sochi) to around 30 km east of Elbrus.

The atlas contains 42 1:100000 pages as well as additional pages at a different scale covering the Krasnaya Polyana area (1:30000) and the Dombai area (1:25000)

Outdoorsman I am not and I am more likely to win the lottery than ever hike in the West Caucasus Mountains but, since it has a photo that includes the Dombai Futuro on the cover, this small 48 page atlas has a place in this collection. There is no mention [that I can see] of the Futuro inside the atlas.

I went around in circles as to whether this was a book or a collectible and ended up adding it here classified as the latter option.

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Press Photos, Waterside Plastics - 1969/70 | Photographs | Purchased 122914

Waterside Plastics of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK was, at least to my knowledge, the only licensee/manufacturer of Futuros in the UK. It is unclear how many units were manufactured by Waterside Plastics and only one can be definitively confirmed though there are reasons to believe that at least two may have been manufactured; more information can be found in the Todmorden section of the "Lost Souls" page.

This is a pair of publicity/press photographs associated with Waterside Plastics and showing a Futuro located in Todmorden.

The first photo [to the left] dates from 1969. The photo is 8½" x 6" in size. The exact date the photo was taken is unknown but the text attached to the photo indicates it was for first publication in newspapers on August 25th 1969. There is a stamp on the back of the photo from "The Press Association Limited" and attached to the back of the photo is a "press release" which reads:

"SPACIOUS LIVING!
No, this isn't an object from outer space, even though it looks like it. It is a Futuro from Todmorden, Yorkshire, which keeps its feet firmly on the ground. The Futuro is described as the leisure home of today and tomorrow. Its British manufacturers, a Todmorden firm have one permanently on show near their works. They are made of a type of plastic and stand on four legs. It is entered by means of a step ladder, which can be drawn up after you. They easily house a family, and the manufacturers anticipate a demand for these space-age homes, especially to be used for fishing, hunting or ski lodges, or as a quick get-away-from-it-all country cottage retreat.
August 25th 1969 PAP 141304-1(PNR/P-O)
PRESS ASSOCIATION PHOTOS
FOR FIRST PUBLICATION IN EVENING PAPERS OF MONDAY AUGUST 25TH 1969
"

The second photo, 8½" x 6½" in size, is undated. There are references to March 11th and the Brighter Homes Exhibition which I had always thought had featured the Futuro in 1971 but it is possible that it was 1970; that said it is unclear how far ahead of the exhibition the press release was issued whatever the year. There are no stamps on this photo but it does have an attached press release which reads:

"NEWS BRIEFING - NEWS EDITORS, PROPERTY EDITORS, INDUSTRIAL EDITORS
IT'S ON ITS WAY! - but embargo March 11th
Make a note in your diary - March 11th at the Brighter Homes Exhibition, City Hall, Manchester. Official launching of the Futuro - the luxury leisure house of the seventies. From that date the Futuro will be marketed in the UK by the sole British manufacturers, Waterside Plastics of Todmorden, Lancs. This is no here today, gone tomorrow gimmick - it is a serious breakthrough in catering for the growing leisure needs of the latter twentieth century. Apart from the news story, there will be important stories for industrial, architectural and property pages. We will keep you posted but in the meantime, make a note to see it in Manchester at the press launch, Tuesday March 11th.
"

Readers are instructed to contact Waterside Plastics for more information and press enquiries are directed to public relations consultants KH Publicity.

An interesting side note is that the author here made an geographical error and noted Todmorden as being in Lancashire when in fact it is located in West Yorkshire.

I have to confess that I am not totally convinced that this is a actually a photo of the Waterside Plastics Todmorden Futuro. Though the reflections on the windows look similar the landscape and slope of the land does not look right and the trees seem more appropriate to Scandinavia than the UK.

I am wondering if this is actually a photo of Futuro #000 in Turenki, Finland. Looking at other Turenki photos the slope of the land appears correct, there are similar reflections in the windows and the lower viewing windows are pointed down the slope, presumably for the view. Photos of Turenki for comparison can be found here, here and here.

Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 1 - Front  Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 2 - Front

Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 1 - Back  Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 2 - Back

Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 1 - Scan  Waterside Platics Todmorden Futuro Press Photo 2 - Scan

As I have found with other items there are significant differences in palette between photos of photos and scans of photos. In each case the top two images are photos front and back with the third image being a scan. The palette of the original photo in each case is actually very close to that seen in the scan. In addition the photos have "curled" with age and it was not possible to take photos of them without some "glare" from lighting on the high gloss finish of the photos.

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Press Photo, Futuro Family Fun - 031370 | Photographs | Purchased 020615

This 10" by 8" press photo depicts a Futuro and [implied] the family that lives there. The title "Futuro Family Fun" is of my own making since the text that would normally accompany a press photo is missing and there is therefore no "official" title [the tape that at one time secured text notes to the back of the photo is still present but the notes have "long gone"].

The photo carries a stamp on the reverse that includes the date 031370. The stamp actually reads:

REFERENCE
Mar 13 '70
N.E.A.

The designation N.E.A presumably refers to a press agency or a publication. It is possible, but frankly unlikely, that the date is the date the photo was taken. This photograph carries the same markings and date as this pair of press photos which depicted an event known to have actually taken place some six months earlier on 092269; given that in that case we know the stamped date was not the "photo" date there is no reason to assume that the date reflects the "photo" date in this case.

There is no indication of the location of this shot and while I have the feeling I have seen the photo before somewhere it does not put me in mind of any identifiable location; no doubt someone out there with a better memory than mine will let me know in due course. The only other markings on the photo are a handwritten note reading "Sweden House Moving" [which is clearly a reference to the helicopter transport of a Futuro depicted in the pair of photos mentioned above] and various other stamped and handwritten annotations and references.

Sadly the photo is "damaged" by "markings", perhaps from a ballpoint pen. This is most evident around the "edges of the Futuro but it is also present elsewhere; the purpose of these markings is unknown.

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Front Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Back Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two image is a photo and the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo matches very closely that seen in the scan. The scan does not show the entire "photo"; my scanner decided to "crop" the white borders seen on the actual photo.

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Dombai Futuro Refigerator Magnets | Collectibles | Purchased 020615

This set of two refrigerator magnets featuring the Dombai Futuro is fabricated from plastic with images of the Futuro printed on canvas. The larger of the two [left] is 4½" square; the smaller is 3¾" square.

Set Of Two Dombai Futuro Refrigerator Magnets 1  Set Of Two Dombai Futuro Refrigerator Magnets 2

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Dombai Futuro Refigerator Magnet | Collectibles | Purchased 020615

This 4" by 2¾" plastic refrigerator magnet features the Dombai Futuro.

Dombai Futuro Refrigerator Magnet

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Dombai Futuro Souvenir Coins | Collectibles | Purchased 021015

Set Of 5 Souvenir Coins - Dombai Futuro - 1This is a set of five souvenir coins featuring the Dombai Futuro [other coins can be found here and here].

The coins, each a different color finish, are single tone metal and 40mm in diameter. The "cards" in which they are mounted are 100mm by 128mm.

It seems like the finish of three of the coins is the traditional Gold, Silver and Bronze but I am not sure what metals the remaining two are meant to simulate.

Set Of 5 Souvenir Coins - Dombai Futuro - 2  Set Of 5 Souvenirs Coins - Dombai Futuro - 3

Set Of 5 Souvenir Coins - Dombai Futuro - 4  Set Of 5 Souvenirs Coins - Dombai Futuro - 5

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IKA, Lüdenscheid, Germany | 1971 | Postal Items | Purchased 032315

In 1971 the Futuro House, along with many other "plastic" and portable houses, was displayed at the Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung der Welt [IKA] that opened in 1971 outside the German town of Lüdenscheid.

This postcard, undated but presumably from 1971, shows the IKA campus and is interesting in that it shows the scale of the exhibition and includes a large number of different "plastic" houses and other structures. The Futuro itself can be seen just below and to the right of the center of the postcard [the third photo below shows detail of this area of the postcard]. A second postcard showing the exhibition can be found here.

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 1 - Front

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 1 - Back

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 1 - Front Detail

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Futuro Corporation Desk Embosser | Collectibles | Received 060315

In the fall of 2014 the family of the late Charles Cleworth, president of the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado back in the 1970's, passed an extensive archive of Futuro related documents to me for preservation and cataloguing [this archive can be accessed here]. Recently Monty Cleworth, Charles' son, came across this desk embosser and sent it to me.

I initially thought about adding this to the "archive" pages but it is clearly not a "document" and so in the end I decided to add it here.

The actual "seal" the embosser creates is relatively simple with the wording "Futuro Corporation Of Colorado" around the edge and an embossed star above the words "SEAL Colorado" in the center.

Futuro Corporation Of Colorado Desk Embosser  Futuro Corporation Of Colorado Embossed Seal

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Photos Of Futuro At C.N.I.T. Circa 1972 | Photographs | Purchased 061915

Update 071115

Right after I posted these photos a couple of weeks ago Yves Buysse pointed out how unobservant I am. The top left photo clearly shows the Futuro had two doorways; I had not noticed this despite looking several times at these large prints. Possibly an extra section without a door was added to the original purchase of the Futuro but more likely the second doorway was blocked of later. A little more info and a photo that does appear to show the second doorway blocked off can be found here.



Original Information 070415

A few weeks ago I acquired a couple of limited edition prints [from original negatives] of two Jean Ribière shots of the Saint-Ouen Futuro as it appeared outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France in 1972.

This week I was able to acquire this additional set of four photos also by Jean Ribière. As with the earlier prints these are certified and signed by the Fond Jean Ribière and the Clement Cividino Gallery.

The photos are large format prints on 19.5" by 15.5 inch heavy duty photo stock. The images themselves are 12.5" by 12.5" [with the exception of one which is 15.25" by 12.5"] which will allow for a nice mat without obscuring any part of the actual photo when I eventually get around to framing them.

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 3  Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 4

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 5  Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 6

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WeeGee Exhibition Center Spring 2015 Guide | Collectibles | Received 062615

The WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland is home to the restored Futuro #001 [originally located in Hirvensalmi] and also, from 061615 through 012316, the Futuro World" exhibition. This item is a Spring 2015 English language Exhibitions and Events guide from the exhibition center.

WeeGee Exhibition Center Event Guide Spring 2015 - Cover  WeeGee Exhibition Center Event Guide Spring 2015 - Inside

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WeeGee Futuro #001 "Lenticular" Postcard | Postal Items | Received 062615

Wikipedia informs us that Lenticular Printing:

"is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles."

This 2015 postcard from the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland uses this technique to show both exterior and interior views of Futuro #001 on a single postcard simply by means of changing the viewing angle.

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 1

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 2

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Original 1988 Multi-View Postcard | Postal Items | Purchased 071115

There are several postcards that show the Saint-Ouen Futuro during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. Other examples can be found here, here, here, here and here.

This particular card is a multi-view card featuring various views of the Hauts De Seine suburban area of Paris. Among the views is one of Puteaux which shows the Futuro outside the CNIT. The postcard itself is undated but the postmark indicates it was mailed 112988.

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Front

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Back

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Detail

There are actually two different versions of this postcard; the second can be found here. The differences are small with the primary one being the use of different fonts for the red text "Hauts de Seine" and "92" and the text identifying each location being black on white in one version and red on yellow in the other.

Hauts De Seine Multi View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro - Undated & Unused - Front  Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Front

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Ωne | Music CD | Received 072215

Australian musician Bruce Stringer is described by Music Street Journal [where he is a staff member] as:

"... an Australian guitarist who has played internationally and worked on various independent soundtracks and theme-scores."

Bruce recently contacted me regarding his current CD, Ωne, which features artwork based on photos taken at Wanli and he even sent me a copy. Along with the CD Bruce also sent a promotional guitar pick for the CD and a set of other photos shot at Wanli which can be found here. Many thanks Bruce.

For anyone who might be interested in obtaining the CD it is available as a digital download at CDBaby and as a physical CD on E-Bay.

Bruce Stringer CD - Ωne - Front  Bruce Stringer CD - Ωne - Back

Bruce Stringer CD - Ωne - Booklet 1

Bruce Stringer CD - Ωne - Booklet 2

Bruce Stringer CD - Ωne - Booklet 3

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Promotional Guitar Pick | Collectibles | Received 072215

Promotional Guitar Pick For Bruce Stringer CD - ΩneAustralian musician Bruce Stringer based the artwork for his current CD, Ωne on photos shot at Wanli.

Recently Bruce very kindly sent me this promotional guitar pick along with a copy of the CD. In addition Bruce sent me the set of photos shot at Wanli from which the CD artwork was derived; the photos can be found on the Wanli page. Thanks Bruce.

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Elektro GT | Music CD | Received 082215

The cover art for the CD Elektro GT by Mikko Hassinen features an iconic Futuro photo that shows a Futuro slung under a Swedish Air Force helicopter flying over a train travelling through a forest like landscape. More information on this photograph can be found here, here and here.

Mikko Hassinen CD - Elektro GT - Front  Mikko Hassinen CD - Elektro GT - Back

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There are several postcards from the 1970's that show the Saint-Ouen Futuro during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. Other examples from my collection can be seen here, here, here, here, here and here.

This postcard is unused and undated and while the image itself also appears on other multi-view postcards [here, here and here] they are also undated.

Futuro At CNIT - Undated Postcard

Futuro At CNIT - Undated Postcard

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Futuro Birthday Card | Collectibles | Received 101415

Gary Knox was kind enough to send me this Futuro birthday card which features a photo of the Milton Futuro; thanks Gary.

Both the photo and the card are by Gary and for anyone who might like a card for a collection or perhaps even to use as a birthday card they can be obtained from Gary's business Forney's Too Ltd., Unique Gifts & Accessories for $4.00 plus 49 cents postage [102 W. Loockerman St., Dover, DE 19904 - 302 734 2425].

Birthday Card Featuring Milton Futuro - Photo & Card By Gary Knox  Birthday Card Featuring Milton Futuro - Photo & Card By Gary Knox

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Vintage Futuro Patch/Contemporary Wallet | Collectibles | Purchased 110615

Vintage Lahnajärvi Futuro Pennant On Contemporary WalletI recently acquired a vintage Futuro patch mounted on a contemporary purse in a trade with another Futuro enthusiast/collector.

With a little research I tracked down the original source of the item [Ateljee Agami & Butik] and found a couple of other items also related to the Matsalu Futuro during its time on Lake Lahnajärvi.

This particular item is a vintage pennant mounted on a contemporary wallet. Like the patch it carries the text Lahnajärven Lentävä Lautanen or, according to Google Translate, Lahnajärvi Flying Saucer and thus clearly references the Matsalu Futuro which was located in Lahnajärvi "back in the day".

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Photo Of Futuro Helicopter Transport | Collectibles | Purchased 121915

CORRECTION: This is clearly not Willingboro as this Futuro has the standard number of windows and not the reduced number seen in the Willingboro Futuro. How observant I am! Now I have to figure out which Futuro this is.



This vintage 8" by 10" photo shows a Futuro being delivered by Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane to a mall in Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1972. The photo does not carry any identifying marks either front or back. This is most likely the Futuro now located in Willingboro.

Vintage Photo - Futuro Arrives In Woodbridge - 1972 - Front

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Photo, Dombai - 1983 | Photographs | Received 122815

The photos below depict a print that combines photos of the Dombai Futuro and a "ski outing" scene into a single photo. On the rear there is Russian text and also a notation in English that reads:

Dombai
The Tourist Cottage
Ski Outing


The reverse also carries a copyright line that dates to 1983. It is unclear if this is the date of the original photo(s), the date of production of the combined print or both.

Given the presence of printing on the back it seems likely this was produced as a souvenir item. It could probably have been used as a postcard though I do not believed it was designed as such given a slightly less "hardy" print medium than a standard postcard, the shape of the print and the absence of the usual printing seen on the reverse of a postcard for address, message and postage stamp placement.

Vintage Photo - Dombai Futuro - 1983 - Front

Vintage Photo - Dombai Futuro - 1983 - Back

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Vintage Photographic Printing Plate | Collectibles | Purchased 032416

This recent addition to my collection of "Things Futuro" is probably the most unusual and perhaps unique to date. It is a metal photographic printing plate that features an iconic image of Futuro #001 in Hirvensalmi, Finland in the late 1960's. According to the seller the plate came from the old Polykem factory around 15 years or so ago. The plate carries no identifying marks and is approximately 8¼" x 5¼" in size.

Futuro #001 Hirvensalmi - Vintage Metal Photographic Printing Plate - Front

Futuro #001 Hirvensalmi - Vintage Metal Photographic Printing Plate - Back

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Original Undated Postcard | Postal Items | Purchased 040816

There are several postcards that show the Saint-Ouen Futuro during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. Other examples can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.

In this case you do need extremely good eyes or a magnifying glass to actually see the Futuro. The CNIT is left center of the postcard with the Futuro just visible to the right of the CNIT. The center image below is a closer view of this area of the postcard where the Futuro is a little clearer.

La Defense/CNIT Aerial View - Front

La Defense/CNIT Aerial View - Futuro Detail

La Defense/CNIT Aerial View - Back

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2009 Wallet Calendar | Collectibles | Purchased 081916

This 2009 wallet or pocket calendar features a photo of the Dombai Futuro.

2009 Wallet Calendar Featuring Dombai Futuro - Photo  2009 Wallet Calendar Featuring Dombai Futuro - Calendar

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Original 2001 Postcard | Postal Items | Purchased 081916

This 2001 postcard features a photo of the Dombai Futuro.

2001 Dombai Futuro Postcard- Front

2001 Dombai Futuro Postcard- Back

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1968 Exhibition Catalog | Collectibles | Purchased 081916

I was actually in two minds whether to add this item to my books page or here on this page. The item does not have an ISBN number and it is not bound like a book; pages and the cover are "loose leaf" style and are only "bound" together using a plastic strip which can easily be removed and so I chose to include the item here rather than categorize it as a book and include it on my books page.

The publication is the catalog for the exhibition "Plastic As Plastic" which ran from 112368 through 011269 at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts [now the Museum of Arts and Design] in New York City.

On page 3 of the catalog there is a photo of Futuro #000 in Turenki [which has a rather odd yellow tint to it]. In the brief caption that accompanies the photo the structure is actually referred to as the "Futuro Weekend House".

Plastic As Plastic Exhibition Catalog - Front

Plastic As Plastic Exhibition Catalog - Page 33

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Photo, Dombai - 1978 | Photographs | Purchased 110816

The photos below are of a print that combines photos of the Dombai Futuro and a skiing scene into a single photo. The text on the rear [according to Google Translate] identifies the Futuro as a "tourist hut" and places it "In the mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia". The copyright line dates to 1983. It is unclear if this is the date of the original photo(s), the date of production of the combined print or both.

Given the presence of this printing on the back it seems likely to me that this was produced as a souvenir item. It could probably have been used as a postcard though I do not believed it was designed as such given the shape of the print and the absence of the usual printing seen on the reverse of a postcard for address, message and postage stamp placement.

Vintage Photo - Dombai Futuro - 1978 - Front

Vintage Photo - Dombai Futuro - 1978 - Back

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Futuro House Logo Tray | Collectibles | Purchased 111416

This small [10¾" x 7½"] tray, the newest Futuro souvenir item from the WeeGee Exhibition Center [home of the perfectly restored Futuro #001], features the WeeGee Futuro logo.

WeeGee Exhibition Center Futuro House Logo Tray

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Dombai Futuro Refigerator Magnet | Collectibles | Purchased 113016

This plastic refrigerator magnet is 3" by 2" in size and carries a photo of the Dombai Futuro. There is no indication of date of production on the object.

Dombai Futuro - Plastic Refrigerator Magnet - Date Unknown

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Astronaut | Music CD | Purchased 010417

The CD Astronaut by New Zealand band The Feelers features a photo of the Thames Futuro on both the cover and the actual CD.

The Feelers - Asstronaut - Cover  The Feelers - Asstronaut - CD

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Poster - "Mock Up" Of Multiple Futuros | Collectibles | Purchased 012717

This poster, produced by the Museum Of Finnish Architecture, depicts a "fictional" "mock up" of group of Futuros on a rocky mountainside. The photo has appeared in multiple books and magazines and can be found on many websites with Futuro related content. The poster is 16½" x 11½" in size.

Poster - Mock Up Of Multiple Futuros On A Mountainside

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2000 Wallet Calendar | Collectibles | Purchased 020117

This 2000 wallet or pocket calendar features a photo of the Dombai Futuro.

Though the calendar is for the year 2000 there is no indication as to whether the photo featured on the front is from 2000 or some earlier date.

2000 Wallet Calendar Featuring Dombai Futuro - Photo  2000 Wallet Calendar Featuring Dombai Futuro - Calendar

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Vintage Polaroids Of Pensacola Beach | Photographs | Purchased 020317

These two vintage "Polaroids" show the Pensacola Beach Futuro. Though undated they almost certainly show the Futuro early in its life as both of the photos show a lot of aging and are clearly many years old.

Though both have the marking "Polaroid" it is unclear if that refers to Polaroid film or to them actually being shot using a Polaroid camera; they do not look like the images I recall shooting with a Polaroid camera in my youth but maybe there were different versions of such cameras.

The first photo is 4¼" x 2¼" and is mounted to a piece of cardboard. The second is 6¼" x 4½" and is mounted in a 8½" x 7¾" "presentation folder".

Gulf Breeze Vintage Polaroid 1 - Front  Gulf Breeze Vintage Polaroid 1 - Back

Gulf Breeze Vintage Polaroid 2 - Outside  Gulf Breeze Vintage Polaroid 2 - Inside

Gulf Breeze Vintage Polaroid 2 - Photo

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Deck Of Playing Cards | Collectibles | Purchased 022217

This small deck of playing cards [approximately 3½" x 2¼" in size] features photos of the Dombai Futuro on the box, the ten of spades and the ten of diamonds. There is no indication of the date of manufacture but both the box and the cards are in almost mint condition and it seems likely this is a contemporary tourist souvenir

Playing Card Deck - Dombai Futuro - Box  Playing Card Deck - Dombai Futuro - Ten Of Diamonds  Playing Card Deck - Dombai Futuro - Ten Of Spades

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Postcard Featuring The Berlin Futuro | Postal Items | Received 040417

This postcard featuring the Berlin Futuro is undated and unused.

Berlin Futuro Postcard Front

Berlin Futuro Postcard Back

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Futuro Stamp | December 1971 "Cover" | Postal Items | Purchased 041517

One thing I have always known about myself is I am not the most observant person. When I saw this item on an auction site recently I thought it was another version of the First Day Cover and did not notice the date was 120471 so I guess it is actually a "Non-First Day Cover"; nice addition to the collection though. The text on the "cover" appears to relate the a philatelic society as far as I can tell from Google Translate.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

December 1971 Cover

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Press Photo, Lake Geneva - 041870 | Photographs | Purchased 050817

This original press photo is 9 ⅞" by 7 ⅞" in size and dates from 1970. It shows the Futuro that was located for a short time at the Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. This Futuro is now located in Rockland, WI.

The lower part of the photo and the accompanying description clipped from a newspaper article is affixed to the back of the photo; the text reads:

"No, Lake Geneva is not being invaded by little green men from outer space. The Futuro, a versatile living module that can be used as a vacation home, is formed of fiber glass in the shape of a flying saucer."

Among other markings and annotations on the rear of the photo are a red stamp that reads "Sentinel Copy" [perhaps the Milwaukee Sentinel], a date stamp in red which is a little unclear but I believe reads 041870 and a stamp identifying the location of the photograph as the "Playboy Club-Hotel, Lake Geneva, Wis, 53147" and the photographer as one Sol Frishman.

Press Photo, 041870 - Lake Geneva, WI, USA - Front Photo

Press Photo, 041870 - Lake Geneva, WI, USA - Back Photo

Press Photo, 041870 - Lake Geneva, WI, USA - Front Scan

As always there are differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. The top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is very close to that seen in the scan though the scan cropped the photo border at the left.

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São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps | Postal Items | Purchased 070117

In 1982 the República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe issued two stamps to mark PhilexFrance82, one of a series of philately exhibitions held in France in 1982, 1989 and 1999. PhilexFrance82 was held at the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France and several PhilexFrance82 philately related items in some way feature the Saint-Ouen Futuro during its time outside the CNIT.

This mint strip is one of several items in this collection featuring the República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe stamps [others can be found here and here]. The strip features one of each stamp along with a graphic in the center that includes the Futuro [though it is small and difficult to see].

República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Stamp Strip Mint Perforated - PhilexFrance82

República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Stamp Strip Mint Perforated - PhilexFrance82 - Detail

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1982 Republique De Djibouti Stamp Strip | Postal Items | Purchased 070317

This mint stamp strip includes two stamps issued in 1982 by the Republique De Djibouti to commemorate PhilexFrance82, one of a series of philately exhibitions held in 1982, 1989 and 1999. PhilexFrance82 was held at CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. At the time the Saint-Ouen Futuro was located outside the CNIT.

One of the two stamps features the CNIT and, just visible bottom left, the Futuro in front of the building. It is one of several first day covers, stamps and other philately related items associated with PhilexFrance82 that included the Futuro. Other items related to this particular stamp can be found here and here.

1982 Republique De Djibouti Perforated Strip - Two Stamps - PhilexFrance82

1982 Republique De Djibouti Perforated Strip - Two Stamps - PhilexFrance82 - Stamp Detail

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1982 Republique De Djibouti Stamp | Postal Items | Purchased 070617

In 1982 the Republique De Djibouti issued two stamps to commemorate PhilexFrance82, one of a series of philately exhibitions held in 1982, 1989 and 1999. PhilexFrance82 was held at CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. At the time the Saint-Ouen Futuro was located outside the CNIT.

The collecting of stamps is not something I have ever engaged in but as I was looking at different examples of items related to PhilexFrance82 it became apparent that there are all sorts of "variations" on any given stamp. I guess I could have been satisfied with a single example of any given stamp or other item that included the Futuro in some way but the collector "bug" in me persuaded me that my collection of "Things Futuro" should include different variations of what might be considered "the same item".

One of the two Republique De Djibouti stamps features the CNIT and, just visible bottom left, the Futuro in front of the building and this item is [I believe] a "die proof" of that stamp; a print of the stamp design directly from the engraved die onto oversized card stock. The print is of very high quality. It is one of several first day covers, stamps and other philately related items associated with PhilexFrance82 that included the Futuro. Other items related to this particular stamp can be found here and here.

1982 Republique De Djibouti Die Proof - PhilexFrance82  1982 Republique De Djibouti Die Proof - PhilexFrance82 - Detail

1982 Republique De Djibouti Die Proof - PhilexFrance82 - Close Up Detail

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Juno Specter | Music CD | Purchased 080212
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Juno Specter     Juno Specter the self titled third album by the band of the same name features the Royse City Futuro on the cover. Judging by the photo is looks like it was taken at a time when the Futuro was in better condition that its current dilapidated state. Hopefully one day it will get some well deserved love!


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The Futuro Stamp | Postal Items | Purchased 091612

In 1971 Finland issued a stamp to commemorate the plastics industry; the stamp featured the Futuro House [Scott # 0190-0511]. The stamp was issued 102071.

The photo below shows my collection of examples of the Futuro stamp [listed from top to bottom and left to right]:
  • Two First Day Covers [there are other different examples; if you have any or know of any for sale please let me know]
  • Plate block of four stamps
  • First Day Cancelled block of four stamps
  • Five Mint stamps
  • Five used stamps
Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The Futuro Stamp - All

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Aike & Aine | DVD Video | Purchased 091512
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    Time & Matter is a compilation DVD that features several short films and it is of interest to the Futuro fan because it includes Mika Taanila's "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow".

Taanila's film is included with the book "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday" edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila but that can be an extremely expensive book to buy and it is not easy to find a standalone copy of the movie. This DVD can be an economical way to get your own copy of Taanila's film.

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WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 | Collectibles | Purchased 110912

Futuro #001 spent most of its life in Hirvensalmi, Finland on the property of entertainer Matti Kuusla. In 2011 the Futuro was purchased by The WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland and restored. The Futuro was open to the public through the summer of 2012 [050812 through 091612] and the intention is that it will remain with the Exhibition Center and be open to the public each summer. This is an original English language version of a flyer for the exhibition in the summer of 2012.

Photos on the flyer include the Futuros located in Hirvensalmi [now Espoo], Dombai and Luumäki [now almost certainly the unit located in Pöytyä].

WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 Outside

WeeGee Exhibition Brochure 2012 Inside

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AP Wirephoto, Arcadia, FL - 033070 | Photographs | Purchased 111312

This is an original [certified] AP Wirephoto from the archives of the Baltimore Sun. The photo is 10¾" by 8" and shows a Futuro located near Arcadia, Florida on 033070. I have never seen a reference to a Futuro located in Arcadia and likely given the date and the description of it as a "pilot" model it was most likely displayed here for marketing purposes for only a short time though that is just conjecture at this point. I will update this page further if and when I am able to find out more.

The text to the left of the picture is actually a part of the "photo" and gives us the date and the location; text becoming part of the photo is a feature of wire photos [see notes below for more information on wirephotos]. The text is faint, though you can just make it out in the detail scan below [click the image for a larger version], and reads:

"(TP7) ARCADIA, Fla., March 30--LOOK FOR THE LITTLE GREEN MEN--You might find some and then maybe you won't but this "flying saucer" has prompted all sorts of conjecture. It "landed" recently at the Nocatee-Owens Bridge site on the Peace River near Arcadia and is a pilot model of a fiberglass house built by a New Jersey construction company. It is 26-feet in diameter. (AP Wirephoto)(rk21930) 1970"

This Futuro and it's location looks very similar to the location and Futuro shown in the large circular image in the article "Portable Playhouse" in the September 1970 issue of Playboy Magazine. That article does not identify the locations where the photos were taken so I cannot be sure but to me it looks like the Playboy photo was taken in Arcadia. In addition to the similarity of the location note the vent/chimney on the top of the Futuro which also looks the same in both photos.

What Is A Wirephoto?

Wirephotos are different than traditional photographic prints! The prints are the result of what used to be breakthrough technology (now completely obsolete) that allowed a photographic image to be scanned, transmitted over "the wire" (telegraph, phone, satellite networks) and then printed at the receiving location. At the sending station, a typed caption was prepared and pasted to the border of the original photograph. It was then inserted into the sending machine and transmitted. At the receiving end, photo paper was then exposed with the transmitted image and the caption information became a part of the photographic image. They are often on thinner, slick paper (very similar to old thermal roll fax paper) and often fade or become sepia toned quicker than traditional silver halide prints. Long removed from commercial use, these artifacts represent an important era in the history of news media. | Go here for more information.

AP Wirephoto, Baltimore Sun 033070 - Futuro In Arcadia, Fl - Scan

AP Wirephoto, Baltimore Sun 033070 - Futuro In Arcadia, Fl - Scan

AP Wirephoto, Baltimore Sun 033070 - Futuro In Arcadia, Fl - Photo

The first two images are from a scan of the Wirephoto; the last shot is a photo of the Wirephoto. It is amazing to me how different they look; the actual appearance and coloration is somewhere between the two.

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Press Photo, Lüdenscheid - 082671 | Photographs | Purchased 120112

This is an original [certified] Press Photograph dated 082671 from the archives of the Baltimore Sun. The photo is 9½" by 7¼" and is a shot of several of the "plastic houses" that were displayed at the Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung der Welt that opened in 1971 outside the German town of Lüdenscheid.

Specifically the shot shows the Futuro along with [in the foreground] Jean Maneval's Bulle Six Coques and [to the right of the Futuro] Casoni & Casoni's Rondo.

On the rear of the photograph is the date, 082671, various hand written annotations and a typed note on piece of brown tape that reads:

"Visitors to the first International Plastic House Exhibition in Lüdenscheid, West Germany, can see these model homes, named "Orion" (in front), "Futuro" (left) with the "Bio-Dome" behind it, and "Rondo" behind "Orion.""

I am not familiar with the "Bio-Dome" which I assume to be the dual "bee-hive" like structures behind the Futuro; I do not have the time to research it right now but at some point I will and at that time I will update this page. In the meantime if anyone has any information on the "Bio-Dome" handy I would be interested to hear about it. "Orion" was another name for the Bulle Six Coques.

And, heading off on a tangent, one final note - coincidences always intrigue me and finding this photo the other day was a big coincidence. I received two books - Homes: Today & Tomorrow and Prefab Houses - and a magazine - Hobby: Das Magazin der Technik - that contained photos of the Lüdenscheid exhibition over the course of a couple of days [I did not know what photographs they contained until I received them] and I had just completed writing an article about the exhibition when I found this photo. The books and the magazine seemed to be a big coincidence; then coming across this photo right around the same time is almost spooky.

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 082671 - Lüdenscheid - Front Photo

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 082671 - Lüdenscheid - Back Photo

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 082671 - Lüdenscheid - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually quite close to that seen in the bottom photo. The top photo also shows the original photo in it's entirety; the scanner decided to crop some of the sky at the top of the photo and so the scanned image shows a slightly cropped version of the original photograph.

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Plastic Photo Cube Early 1970's? | Collectibles | Purchased 122312

I do not have any information on the origin or date of this plastic photo cube. Having said that my guess it is from the 1970's; the item itself is something that was in vogue at that time and the aging of the cube and the images it contains is consistent with it being some 40 years old or thereabouts.

Interestingly all of the images show signs of damage except the Futuro one. The Futuro image is a generic interior shot; I believe it is reproduced from some publicity materials, I am sure I have seen the image before but at the moment I cannot place it. The Futuro image unlike the others is undamaged though it does show pronounced aging.

Plastic Photo Cube 1970's  Plastic Photo Cube 1970's

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WeeGee Exhibition Flyer 2012 | Collectibles | Purchased 122312

Futuro #001 spent most of its life in Hirvensalmi, Finland on the property of entertainer Matti Kuusla. In 2011 the Futuro was purchased by The WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland and restored. The Futuro was open to the public through the summer of 2012 [050812 through 091612] and the intention is that it will remain with the Exhibition Center and be open to the public each summer. This is an original of a small flyer for the exhibition in the summer of 2012 carrying both Finnish and English text.

Photos on the flyer include the Futuros located in Hirvensalmi [now Espoo] and Dombai.

WeeGee 2012 Flyer Front

WeeGee 2012 Flyer Back

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Press Photo, Hiekkaharju - 042568 | Photographs | Purchased 022013

This is an original UPI [United Press International] Press Photo that was taken early 1968. The annotation on the back indicates Helsinki and states that the unit was located in a warehouse. However a comparison of this photograph and a photograph of a Futuro at the Polykem Plant found on page 24 of the book "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday" edited by Marko Home & Mika Taanila confirms that this photograph was taken at the Polykem Plant in Hiekkaharju. Given the date it seems most likely that this is a photograph of Futuro #000 though I cannot be certain of that.

This photograph is one of a pair taken the same day; the other was an interior shot that featured several members of the project team including Matti Suuronen.

On the rear of the photograph is the date it was taken, 042568, the date it was used 080168 [though there is no indication of what publication it was used in], a handwritten annotation that simply reads "House Futuro", a UPI Credit stamp and a typed note that reads:

"Space Age Living | Helsinki, Finland: An ellipsoid house, fashioned after the fictional "Flying Saucer" stands almost completed in a warehouse where its being built by architect Matti Suuronen. The door (not yet hinged) opens downward to provide entrance stairs into the house."

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Front Photo

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Back Photo

Press Photo, UPI 042568 - Hiekkaharju - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually quite close to that seen in the bottom photo.

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Christie's Auction Catalog - 112707 | Collectibles | Purchased 041213

Update 030714

I had often thought, based on timing and photos, that the Futuro exhibited at MUDAM and subsequently sold at Christies was likely the one now located in Limni, Corfu but I could not be certain. In an email I received this week the Futuro's owner, Dakis Joannou, confirmed that this was the case.



Original Information 041213

On 112707 world famous auction house Christie's held an auction in Paris [Christie's Auction #5483] entitled Arts Décoratifs Du XXème Siècle Et Design. Lot 391 of this auction was a Futuro House. This is the Christie's Catalog for that auction.

Much of the history of Futuro Houses can be unclear and at times what information there is can be confusing or even contradictory. When determining what is or is not fact one is often left basing an opinion on the credibility of the source of that information. The Christie's Catalog provides some history of the unit that was auctioned and it seems to me that as a premiere auction house it is almost certain that whatever information they provided was fact.

So, what does the catalog tell us? Christie's recounts that the Futuro that was auctioned was one of the few that was produced directly by Polykem, executed under Belgian-Benelux license. There are several references to there being three Futuros in Belgium [see the Tildonk Futuro page for details] in the early 70's and most suggest they were initially together at a single location; you can find a Press Photo of the three Futuro's here and there is also a very similar photo in the April 2001 issue of Casa Brutus Magazine.

In addition Christie's tells us that this Futuro House was the one exhibited in as part of a 2007 exhibition at the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art [known as MUDAM] in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. The exhibition was titled "Tomorrow Now - When Design Meets Science Fiction" and it ran from 052507 to 092407.

The Futuro was listed for €150,000-200,000; at the auction it did not quite get into that range but it did sell for a rather impressive €140,000. The buyer and the eventual destination for the Futuro remains unknown, at least to me. Interestingly the Christie's webpage that lists the results of the auction does not include all of the lots and Lot 391, the Futuro House, is one of the ones that is not listed.

Of course having said that the catalog provides us with some factual information it also adds to the "mystery". I had previously though that the Futuro displayed at the MUDAM exhibition was the Belgian Futuro owned by Philemon Vanlangendonck and there is evidence to support that theory - see page 4 of this file. However for that to be the case it would also have to be the one sold at auction in 2007 yet Philemon Vanlangendonck reportedly continued to own his Futuro long after 2007 and in fact still owns it as far as I am aware [based on emails received at the end of 2012].

So we are left with a mystery to ponder; perhaps Philemon Vanlangendonck owned two Futuro's, perhaps the one displayed at MUDAM was not actually the one owned by Philemon Vanlangendonck, perhaps the information indicating Philemon Vanlangendonck still owns a Futuro was in error? In the end maybe it is the mystery and the search for the "true story" that actually fuels my fascination with the Futuro House. Whatever the truth this catalog is a great addition to my collection and "another piece of the puzzle".

The catalog features some great photos of the Futuro on display at MUDAM and it also features some great photos of Futuro #002 on display at the Finnfocus-Export Fair in London in 1968.

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Cover  Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Page 139

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Pages 140 - 141

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Pages 142 - 143

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Pages 144 - 145

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Pages 146 - 147

Christie's Auctions Catalog November 2007 Pages 148 - 149

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WeeGee Exhibition Postcards | Postal Items | Purchased 080313

These two postcards were sent to me recently by a fellow Futuro "fan"; you know who you are - thank you. The postcards are unused and are from the Futuro Exhibition at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland.

The photographs on the postcards are:
  • [Top] A 1969 interior shot of the Futuro House that was displayed as a marketing effort in the Stockman Department Store in Helsinki, Finland. The photo features 1968 Miss Finland and Miss Europe Leena Brusiin as a "Futuro Hostess".
  • [Bottom] The iconic 1968 photograph of Futuro #001 located at the time in Hirvensalmi, Finland on the property of entertainer Matti Kuusla. Futuro #001 is now of course in the collection of the WeeGee Exhibition Center and is open to the public during the summer months each year [until 090113 in 2013].

WeeGee Exhibtion Postcard - Stockmann Department Store 1969

WeeGee Exhibtion Postcard - Hirvensalmi 1968

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"Triple" First Day Cover | Postal Items | Purchased 081713

I already had a couple of First Day Covers of the 1971 Finnish stamp [Scott # 0190-0511] issued to commemorate the plastics industry and featuring the Futuro House. This example is unusual in that it actually has three stamps rather than the more usual one.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Futuro Stamp - Three In One Cover

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Not long ago I obtained a set of three original postcards from the 1970's showing the Saint-Ouen Futuro on display at La Défense in Paris, France. Today I added a fourth to that collection with this postcard which shows a large globe in the foreground. The postcard is unused. A handwritten annotation on the back indicates it dates from 1978. Other postcards showing the Futuro at this location can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.

CNIT/Futuro/Globe 1978 Postcard Front

CNIT/Futuro/Globe 1978 Postcard Back

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My Futuro collection already includes several examples of the 1971 Finnish stamp issued to commemorate the plastics industry and featuring the Futuro House. I found this to be an interesting example as it was used on an airmail envelope rather than on cover stationary and decided it would make a worthy addition to my collection.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Futuro Stamp - Airmail Envelope

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Updated 020714 - it turns out there are indeed two covers featuring the Dombai Futuro. This one is from 1985 and the other is from 1978. They each feature a different image of the Dombai Futuro. As unobservant as I am I had never noticed that the images were different.



I have seen photos and examples of this Russian Mint Cover featuring the Dombai Futuro in several places. It is always stated that it dates from 1978 [usually 122678]. This example actually has the date 1985 printed on the back so either the cover was issued again in later years after being first issued in 1978 or there never was a 1978 issue and other reports are mistaken. If you have an example of this cover I would be interested to hear how it is dated on the back.

The image featured on the cover is an artist's rendering of the photograph on this 1981 postcard that, coincidentally, I added to my collection the same day as this cover.

Dombai Futuro - 1985 Mint Cover

Dombai Futuro - 1985 Mint Cover

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I found this refrigerator magnet featuring the Dombai Futuro on E-Bay; there were actually a couple of listings. I have no idea if this is a current "souvenir" from the area or something from the past. I would be interested to here if anyone knows if this is recent or old. The magnet is actually quite small [much smaller than the photo] measuring only 2.5 by 1.75 inches.

Dombai Futuro - Refrigerator Magnet

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Needle's Eye | Music CD | Purchased 110113
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Needle's Eye - The Cybermen     The Cybermen's CD "Needle's Eye" features the Futuro House on the inside artwork of the CD cover. The video for the title track also features the Futuro House. In the video we see the Futuro displayed at the Exposición Internacional del Confort Humano in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969 along with some shots of scale models of Futuros.


Needle's Eye - The Cybermen  Needle's Eye - The Cybermen

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There are several postcards from the 1970's that show the Saint-Ouen Futuro during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. Other examples from my collection can be seen here, here, here, here, here and here.

This example shows the Futuro at the CNIT with a sea of flowers in the foreground. The postcard is used and the postmark is 032378. There is nothing to date the actual photograph used on the postcard.

Futuro At CNIT - Postmarked 1978 Front

Futuro At CNIT - Postmarked 1978 Back

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Weltmarktführer - ... Tan Siekmann | DVD Video | Purchased 110313

       This is a 2013 re-release of the 2006 German documentary Weltmarktführer: Die Geschichte des Tan Siekmann which recounts much of the life story of Tan Siekmann. Siekmann made a great deal of money in the "tech" business with his company Biodata Systems GmbH [In German - English by Google Translate here] but ultimately went bankrupt and then recovered several times. Siekmann at one time owned the Niedernhausen Futuro and the film includes some footage of the Futuro taken during a return visit by Siekmann to the Futuro during the filming of the documentary. Check out the footage here.

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Wright Auction Catalog | 060209 | Collectibles | Purchased 020114
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Wright Auction catalog | Important Design | 020609     High end Chicago based auction house Wright held an auction titled "Important Design" on 060209. Lot 138 of this auction was a Futuro House. The Futuro House auctioned was located in Bailey, Colorado. The auction was won by Mark Haddawy and the Futuro was moved to its current location in Los Angeles, CA.

This print copy of the catalog for the auction features a short article on the Futuro House and a single photograph [not of the unit actually auctioned].


Wright Auction catalog | Important Design | 020609 | Lot 138

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Press Photo, London - 100768 | Photographs | Purchased 030114

This is an original Press Photo from 1968. The photo is 8" by 9 7/8" and shows the Lord Mayor of London visiting Futuro #002 during the Finnfocus Export Fair in October of 1968. The photo is dated 100768, stamped by the Keystone Press Agency, Inc and carries a label on the back which reads:

"October 7th 1968 - LORD MAYOR VISIT FLOATING TRADE FAIR "FINNFOCUS 68" - The Lord Mayor of London today visited the luxury car ferry m.s. Finnpartner, on which a floating trade fair called "Finnfocus 68" is being held this week. The exhibition is sponsored by the Finnish Government. The Finnpartner is moored on the Thames below Tower Bridge. - KEYSTONE PHOTO SHOWS:- The Lord Mayor of London, SIR GILBERT INGLEFIELD, relaxes in one of the super chairs in the space-like plastic cottage - part of the exhibition on board the Finnpartner. - H/Keystone JW/812806"

The Finnfocus Export Fair of October 1968 took place in London. The event was designed to showcase Finnish design and was hosted on the ferry Finnpartner. The Finnpartner was moored on the Thames close to Tower Bridge for the exhibition. Futuro #002, now located in Matsalu, Estonia was was one of the exhibits at the Fair; in fact one of the most iconic of all Futuro photographs was taken at this event. That photograph was an external shot of the Futuro with Tower Bridge in the background; I also have an original press copy of that photograph in my collection here along with a RPPC and a poster print both showing the Finnpartner with Futuro onboard.

This photograph gives us a glimpse of the inside of the Futuro at the event. As is not unusual, particularly for some of the older photographs of Futuro, the descriptions are interesting; in this case we read of "super chairs" in a "space-like plastic cottage." It was in fact only after this exhibition, which was the first exposure of Matti Suuronen's creation to a "mass audience", that it actually became known as the "Futuro House."

Press Photo, Keystone Press Agency 100868 - London Finnfocus - Front Photo

Press Photo, Keystone Press Agency 100868 - London Finnfocus - Back Photo

Press Photo, Keystone Press Agency 100868 - London Finnfocus - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images are photos front and back; the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photo in this case is actually quite close to that seen in the top photo.

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Poster Print, London - 1968 | Photographs | Purchased 030714

In October 1968 Futuro #002, now located in Matsalu, Estonia, was featured during the Finnfocus Export Fair in London. Finnfocus was hosted aboard the ferry Finnpartner and the Futuro was located on the upper deck just in front of the twin smoke stacks. This is a 32" x 24" poster print of a photograph of the Finnpartner at its mooring next to Tower Bridge.

The photo below is not a photo of the actual poster, I could not seem to get a good shot, but rather a digital image from which the poster was printed. In due course this item will be framed and at that time I replace the photo below with a photo of the actual item.

Poster - Finnpartner - London Finnfocus

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Myf Warhurst's Nice | DVD Video | Purchased 031714

Myf Warhurst's NiceMyf Warhurst's Nice is a six part Australian TV series that explores the music, food, fashion, photography, art and design of host Myf Warhurst's youth. The DVD cover insert describes Nice as:

" ... a cultural crusade that embraces icons of the past ..."

In the final episode of the six part series, "Nice & Classy", Myf visits the South Morang Futuro. The footage includes some vintage film of what appears to be a trade show or exhibition that included a Futuro, likely from the early 70's, and also current footage of the South Morang Futuro [both exterior and interior]. The photos below are stills from the episode. For more see the South Morang Futuro page.

Futuro, Myf Warhurst's Nice 1

Futuro, Myf Warhurst's Nice 6

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UK National Archives File WRM 6/548/1 | Collectibles | Purchased 041814

UK National Archives - File Copy Cover SheetRecently a search I was running online returned a result from the UK National Archives related to Finnfocus, the 1968 Trade Expo which was held aboard the MS Finnpartner in London, UK. The expo featured Futuro #002 [now located in Matsalu, Estonia].

There was no way to preview the document and so, being the obsessive that I am, I ordered copies. It turned out that the reference was to a UK FCO [Foreign & Commonwealth Office] file that contained a number of documents pertaining to Finnfocus. Primarily the file contained transcripts of speeches given by UK and Finnish diplomats at the opening of the expo. There are also some rather interesting letters around a discussion between diplomats as to whether the opening speech by a UK diplomat should us the word "We" or the designation "HMG" [Her Majesties Government] when talking about the UK's trade relationship with Finland.

As for Futuro itself I was a little disappointed; with one exception the documents never mentioned the Futuro House. The one that did was a press clipping included in the file from The Times [undated] that briefly mentioned the Futuro House. As with most reporting prior to and during Finnfocus the reference was to a "plastic house" and not to Futuro [Futuro became known as Futuro following Finnfocus and was not known as such until that time].

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Wright Auction Catalog | 120504 | Collectibles | Purchased 052014

On 120504 Chicago based auction house Wright held an auction titled "Modernist 20th Century"; Lot 369 of the auction featured an architectural model of the Futuro House and an extensive archive with original tear sheets, photographs, floor plans, articles and a book about the Futuro project. This item is the printed catalog for the auction.

The model was constructed according to the Canadian floor plan of the Futuro House and the additional materials were from Futuro Fiberglass Homes Ltd, the Canadian licensee of the Futuro House. Pre-auction estimates for Lot 369 were $3,000 to $4,000; the realized price was $7,800.

A little more information including links to a personal recollection of the auction from Richard Pisani, owner of the Danvers Futuro, and a couple of photographs of the model can be found here.

Wright Auction - Modernist 20th Century - 120504 - Catalog Cover  Wright Auction - Modernist 20th Century - 120504 - Lot 369

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In 4 The Evening | Music CD | Purchased 061414
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Nights On Venus - In 4 The Evening     In 4 The Evening, released in 2012, was the second album by band Nights On Venus. A very cool photo of the Royse City Futuro is on the cover of the CD [and also on the interior art]. The photo is by Dallas based singer Noel Kerns who also creates amazing art using a technique called "Painting With Light."


Nights On Venus - In 4 The Evening

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1969 Polykem Futuro Brochure | Sales Materials | Purchased 070814



During a trip to see Futuro #001 at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland on 070814 I visited with Marko Home, Futuro Historian and co-editor of the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday. During that visit Marko kindly gave me a copy of the brochure seen here; a 1969 Polykem Brochure [Thank you Marko!].

I was surprised at the condition of the item; it was perfect, and wondered if it was actually a modern reprint but Marko informed me it was indeed original. It was actually found in an unopened cardboard box at the abandoned Polykem factory in Ruotsinpyhtää, about 100 kilometers west of Helsinki [Polykem made Futuros in two factories, first at Hiekkaharju in Vantaa and later at Ruotsinpyhtää in Loviisa].

What is most interesting about the brochure is that it shows that by as early as 1969 the Futuro was already being marketed in a much more sophisticated model than the rather primitive and rudimentary initial offering. Futuro #001 in Espoo is restored to the original 1968 specs; compare the illustrations on the brochure to photos of the unit at Espoo and the differences are clear.

Late 1960's Polykem Futuro Brochure - Front  Late 1960's Polykem Futuro Brochure - Back

Late 1960's Polykem Futuro Brochure - Front

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Futuro House Logo Mug | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

Futuro House Logo Mug - WeeGee Exhibition ShopAs a collector of "things Futuro" it was inevitable that on a visit to Espoo and the WeeGee Exhibition Center I would visit the gift shop. There I found a number of Futuro related items and , of course, they had to be added to this collection. In this case we have a coffee mug showcasing the WeeGee Futuro logo.

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Futuro House Logo Refrigerator Magnet | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

Futuro House Logo Refrigerator Magnet - WeeGee Exhibition ShopThis is another Futuro "souvenir" item I purchased from the gift shop during my July 2014 visit to Espoo and the WeeGee Exhibition Center. In this case we have a small, flexible, refrigerator magnet that features the WeeGee Exhibition Center Futuro House logo in yellow over a light blue background.

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WeeGee Exhibition Futuro Logo Badges | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

These are yet more items collected during my visit to Espoo and the WeeGee Exhibition Center in July 2014. Here we have two plastic lapel badges in the form of the WeeGee Exhibition Center Futuro Logo.

Wright Auction - Modernist 20th Century - 120504 - Catalog Cover  Wright Auction - Modernist 20th Century - 120504 - Lot 369

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WeeGee Exhibition & Events Brochure | Collectibles | Purchased 070814

Collected during my visit to Espoo and the WeeGee Exhibition Center in July 2014 this is a WeeGee Exhibition Brochure detailing Exhibitions & Events for the Fall 2014 season. The Cover features a photo of the Futuro and on the back are the details of the Futuro Exhibit along with another Futuro photo. Futuro #001 is open to the public until 090714 at which time the exhibit will be closed until summer 2015.

WeeGee Exhibition Center - Exhibition & Events Program Brochure - Fall 2014 - Front  WeeGee Exhibition Center - Exhibition & Events Program Brochure - Fall 2014 - Back

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Museum Of Finnish Architecture Postcards | Postal Items | Purchased 071214

This is a pair of postcards purchased during a visit to the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, Finland on 071214. The postcards both have the following text on the back:

"Casa-Finlandia Futuro Proto | Design By Matti Suuronen | Finland 01.04.1968"

I do not believe that the date of April 1st 1968 is the date the photographs were taken and I am also of the opinion that only one of the photographs is of Futuro #000, the original prototype.

The Futuro prototype was manufactured in 1968 at the Polykem Plant in Hiekkaharju. The prototype can be seen at the Polykem plant in two press photos taken 042568 [the photos can be found here and here]. As can be seen in the press photos the prototype was finished in white and that matches the color of the Futuro in the first of the two postcards. However given the date of the press photos which clearly show the prototype in an incomplete state and still at the manufacturing plant it is highly unlikely the postcard photo was taken April 1st.

Once completed Futuro #000 was moved to a ski slope on the property of Jaakko Hiidenkari in Turenki. There are similarities in location between the postcard photo and photos of Futuro #001 in Turenki [check out this photo from August 1969 and this press photo from 012970].

Given the timing and the white finish I am certain that the first postcard carries a photo of the Futuro prototype, #000, while it was located in Turenki.

In the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday edited by Marko Home and Mika Taanila we learn [page 17] that:

"Cabin no. 001 was made ... in the same mould as the prototype, in a shade of bright yellow."

Following its manufacture Futuro #001 was moved to the property of Matti Kuusla in Hirvensalmi. Issue 38 092068 of the Finnish Magazine Apu carried an article about Kuusla and his Futuro and features a photo of the Futuro located on a hillside above a lake with a tree in the foreground.

That same photo [albeit in different crops and aspects] can be found in many publications and on many websites; it is probably one of the most iconic and often used of Futuro photographs. Another example can be found on this postcard where the photo is clearly the same but the aspect has been reversed.

Given the well documented photos of Hirvensalmi that are practically identical to the image on the second postcard and the yellow color of the Futuro on that postcard I believe that it is not a depiction of the Futuro prototype but in fact shows Futuro #001 in Hirvensalmi.

As always if anyone has information or opinions that differ from mine or can offer additional information I would love to hear from you [I can be contacted by email me or by using either the Contact Form or the Forum].

Museum Of Finnish Architecture Postcard 1

Museum Of Finnish Architecture Postcard 2

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Slide, Futuro House, Llanerch, PA - 1973 | Collectibles | Purchased 101514

35mm Slide - Llanerch Futuro - Hamburger Stand - 1973I came across this 35mm slide a week or so ago on E-Bay. The slide shows a Futuro House serving as a "hamburger stand" in Llanerch, PA in 1973. Llanerch is actually crossed out on the slide notations but I am told that the location is correct [though the meaning of the edited notation is unknown]. The slide comes from a local college collection that is being digitized.

On the website futurohouse.net the previous owner of the Media Futuro tells us that his Futuro:

"was originally built as a restaurant. According to the previous owner, the restaurant was called "The Round House" in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any information on this. It was only a restaurant until 1978, when the owners passed away. The gentleman I bought it from purchased it from their estate and used it as a travel agency. As you can imagine, it attracted a lot of attention. Sometime in the early eighties (I believe), he closed that business and moved the Futuro to its current location near Philadelphia"

There are various mentions of a Futuro House in the vicinity of Llanerch [though none actually reference Llanerch specifically, they reference various neighborhoods and localities nearby] and many of them suggest the Futuro was located on Township Line Road. In particular this post in the Futuro House Yahoo Group talks of a Futuro House on Township Line Road in Drexel Hill, PA [a "stone's throw" from Llanerch] at which the writer ate a Cheese Steak and which the writer indicates was the Futuro now in Media.

Based on this it seems to me to be reasonable to think that this photo is of the Futuro now located in Media, PA.

Moreover the photographic evidence also suggests this is the same Futuro. The Llanerch slide shows a Futuro that appears to have a second entry. At the right of the photo we can see the standard Futuro entryway [in the raised position]. At the left of the photo we see a structure which clearly [though not definitively based on the angle of the photo] shows what appears to be an entrance structure. If we look at photos of the Media Futuro we see that approximately opposite the standard entry way there is a second opening in the structure of the Futuro [this photo is a good example of one where both "entrances" can be seen].

Given the knowledge that the Media Futuro was once a PA restaurant, the various reports of a Futuro in the approximate vicinity of Llanerch, the mention of eating at the Futuro on Township Line Road in the Yahoo Group and the photographic evidence I am confident that this slide does indeed depict the Media Futuro as it appeared in Llanerch, PA in 1973.

35mm Slide - Llanerch Futuro - Hamburger Stand - 1973 - Detail

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Dombai Futuro Souvenir Coin | Collectibles | Purchased 010915

This item is a contemporary 35mm two-tone metal souvenir coin featuring the Dombai Futuro on one side [other coins can be found here and here].

Souvenir Coin - Dombai Futuro  Souvenir Coin - Dombai Futuro - Detail

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Dombai Futuro Souvenir Coin | Collectibles | Purchased 011615

This item is a contemporary 40mm single-tone metal souvenir coin featuring the Dombai Futuro on one side [other coins can be found here and here].

Souvenir Coin - Dombai Futuro  Souvenir Coin - Dombai Futuro - Detail

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Press Photos, Futuro Airlift - 092269 | Photographs | Purchased 020615

On 092269 a Futuro was transported by Swedish Air Force helicopter from Råsunda [a section of the Solna Municipality] to Älvsjö; in Sweden [on page 31 of the Home & Taanila book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday we learn that the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter ran a front page story on this event. The Futuro was actually dropped off at the wrong location and had to be moved to the correct location by crane]. More information on this event can be found here.

This pair of 10" by 8" original press photos captures this event. Despite the fact that this event took place on 092269 the photos carry a stamp on the reverse that includes the date 031370. The stamp actually reads:

REFERENCE
Mar 13 '70
N.E.A.

The designation N.E.A presumably refers to a press agency or a publication and the date is perhaps the date the photos were added to a collection or archive or maybe even a date of publication. The photos also carry a handwritten note reading "Sweden House Moving" along with various other stamped and handwritten annotations and references.

Unfortunately the text that would have accompanied the photos is not attached; only the tape that at one time secured text notes to the back of the photos is still present. In addition it appears that in some areas of the photos there are "markings", perhaps from a ballpoint pen. This is most evident around the nose of the helicopter on the first of the two photographs but also present elsewhere; the purpose of these markings is unknown.

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Front Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Back Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 1 - 092269 - Front Scan

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 2 - 092269 - Front Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 2 - 092269 - Back Photo

Press Photo, Swedish Air Force Helicopter Transports Futuro 2 - 092269 - Front Scan

As always there are significant differences in palette between photos of a photo and scans of a photo. In this case the top two images of each photo are photos and the last shot is a scan. The palette of the original photos in this case is very close to that seen in the scans. The scans do not show the entire "photos"; my scanner decided to "crop" the white borders seen on the actual photos.

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Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus | Music CD | Purchased 031215

       Produced in 2004 the somewhat bizarrely named album Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus is by Norwegian band The Low Frequency In Stereo [founded in 2000 in Haugesund, Norway]. Their music has been described as "a mixture of the long solo elements in The Doors set to the raptide of Joy Division's "Transmission" with the surf guitar twang of Dick Dale.

The cover art of the album features images of a Futuro House; it is not clear, to me at least, whether this is just "cool" or whether in fact any of the tracks relate in some way to the Futuro.

The Low Frequency In Stereo - Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus - Front  The Low Frequency In Stereo - Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus - Back

The Low Frequency In Stereo - Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus - Insert Front

The Low Frequency In Stereo - Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus - Insert Back

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Expo '70 Commemorative Exhibition Osaka | Collectibles | Purchased 041915



This is a two-sided flyer for an exhibition that ran 100414 through 011215 in Osaka, Japan that commemorated Expo '70, a World's Fair held in Osaka in 1970. Though the exhibition did not include a Futuro [and I have no evidence to indicate that a Futuro House was exhibited at the original Expo '70] the flyer includes a photo of the Maebashi Futuro.

The flyer is in Japanese so I have no idea what it actually says but as best I can tell from the limited information I have the recent exhibition featured artifacts from Expo '70 along with exhibits relating to iconic 70's designs that were showcased at Expo '70. It is quite possible that Expo '70 included materials related to the Futuro but, as stated earlier, there is no evidence a Futuro itself was exhibited [at least to my knowledge]. Furthermore the two Futuro's known to have been exported to Japan were not manufactured until 1972 according to Matti Suuronen's Futuro CV. In the end the extent to which Futuro can be related to Expo '70 or the 2014/15 commemorative exhibition is unknown and this flyer earns a place in this collection simply because it features a photo of a Futuro.

Flyer For 2014/15 Exhibition Commemorating Expo '70 Osaka - 1  Flyer For 2014/15 Exhibition Commemorating Expo '70 Osaka - 2

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Photos Of Futuro At C.N.I.T. Circa 1972 | Photographs | Purchased 042815

Renowned French photographer Jean Ribière was national vice president of the Association Nationale des Journalistes Reporters Photographes et Cinéastes [National Association of Journalists Reporters Photographers and Filmmakers] now known as FreeLens. After his passing in 1989 an archive of 1000's of negatives, prints and other documents passed to his daughter Helen Tabes. That archive is now managed by the Fond Jean Ribière.

These photos are limited edition [1/5] prints from the original negatives of two Jean Ribière shots of the Saint-Ouen Futuro as it appeared outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France in 1972.

They are large format prints certified and signed by the Fond Jean Ribière and the Clement Cividino Gallery. The black and white photo measures 14.5" by 14.5" and the color photo measures 15.7" by 11.8".

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 1

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 2

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Museum of Finnish Architecture Poster 1998 | Collectibles | Received 062615



This 23¼" by 16½" poster was produced for a small Futuro Exhibition that took place at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, Finland from 081998 through 091398. On one side the poster features an interior photo of a Futuro and on the other text in Finnish along with several photos.

Among the photos are two that I have not seen before. Though not identified one is almost certainly a photo of Futuro #002 early in its days on Lake Lahnajärvi; the other is too small and unclear to positively identify though it is possible it is a photo of Futuro #000 in Keitele where it served as Matti Suuronen's summer cottage from 1977 until mid-1980s [prior to that it had been in Turenki].

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 1

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 2

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Espoo Guide: Experience Espoo 2015 | Collectibles | Received 062615

This guide book, "Espoo Guide: Experience Espoo 2015", includes the WeeGee Exhibition Center, home to the faithfully restored Futuro #001 [originally located in Hirvensalmi] on page 22 in a section titled "Cultural Experiences". There is a single external photo of the Futuro.

WeeGee Exhibition Center Event Guide Spring 2015 - Cover  WeeGee Exhibition Center Event Guide Spring 2015 - Inside

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WeeGee Exhibition Center Futuro T-Shirt | Collectibles | Received 062615

Futuro House Logo Mug - WeeGee Exhibition ShopBeing the Futuro "obsessive" that this collection clearly shows me to be during my visit to the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland in July 2014 I purchased every Futuro souvenir on sale.

Unfortunately at the time of my visit the center was out of t-shirts. Recently, and by way of a thank you for the small part I played in getting the "Futuro World" exhibition up and running, Marko Home and the WeeGee Exhibition Center sent me a couple of the t-shirts. I extend a big thank you to Marko and the exhibition team.

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IKA, Lüdenscheid, Germany | 1971 | Postal Items | Purchased 062915

In 1971 the Futuro House, along with many other "plastic" and portable houses, was displayed at the Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung der Welt [IKA] that opened in 1971 outside the German town of Lüdenscheid.

This postcard, undated but presumably from 1971, shows the IKA campus in the top right image. The Futuro itself is extremely small but can just be made out above and to the right of the center of the image [the third and fourth images below show detail of this area of the postcard]. A second postcard showing the exhibition can be found here and shows the Futuro more clearly.

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 2 - Front

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 2 - Back

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 2 - Front Detail

Futuro House - IKA Postcard 2 - Front Detail

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Futuro World Exhibit Poster 2015 | Collectibles | Received 071315

The "Futuro World" exhibit opened at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland 061615 and runs through 012316. WeeGee is of course also home to the fully restored Futuro #001.

This is a set of four posters for the exhibit. There are two variations of the poster though both feature the same logo and details on one side. The other side features all the photos [with credits] that are used in the exhibition with one version setting the photos on a white background and the other setting them on a black background. Each poster comes in two sizes; A2 and A3.

My thanks to Marko Home and the WeeGee Exhibition Center who, by way of a "thank you", sent a copy of this four poster set to all those who contributed photos to the exhibit.

More information about the "Futuro World" exhibit can be found here.

WeeGee Exhibition Cemter   WeeGee Exhibition Cemter   WeeGee Exhibition Cemter

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Original Undated Multi-View Postcard | Postal Items | Purchased 072215

There are several postcards that show the Saint-Ouen Futuro during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France. Other examples can be found here, here, here, here and here.

This particular card is a multi view card featuring various views of the Hauts De Seine suburban area of Paris. Among the views is one of Puteaux which shows the Futuro outside the CNIT. The postcard is undated and unused.

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro - Undated & Unused - Front

Hauts De Seine Multi View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro - Undated & Unused - Back

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro - Undated & Unused - Detail

There are actually two different versions of this postcard; the second can be found here. The differences are small with the primary one being the use of different fonts for the red text "Hauts de Seine" and "92" and the text identifying each location being black on white in one version and red on yellow in the other.

Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro - Undated & Unused - Front  Hauts De Seine Multi-View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Front

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Vintage Futuro Patch/Contemporary Purse | Collectibles | Received 100715

Update 101315

There is no doubt that while "machine translation" such as Google Translate is useful "human transaltion" is invariably more accurate. In the case of the translation in the original entry for this item below Marko Home [thanks Marko] kindly sent me a more accurate tranlation that reads like this:

"Puumalat: products and the golden age of domestic tourism from 1950s to 1970s - We wanted to pay homage to the past cultural tradition and popular habit of collecting colorful patches and pennants from various localities, and thus designed the "Puumalat" products. In "Puumalat" products we use old patches and pennants of various localities from 1950s to 1980s (some of them are secondhand and show a patina of age), as well as cutting surplus jacket fabrics or high-quality fabric sample pieces. Our ecological and unique "Puumalat" products include purses, handbags and pillows decorated with patches and pennants."



Original Information 101015

Vintage Lahnajärvi Futuro Patch On Contemporary PurseReceived this item in a "Futuro Trade" this week; a "vintage" patch on a contemporary purse. The patch carries the text Lahnajärven Lentävä Lautanen or, according to Google Translate, Lahnajärvi Flying Saucer and clearly references the Matsalu Futuro which was located in Lahnajärvi "back in the day".

With a little searching on Google it seems the item originated from Ateljee Agami & Butik where [translated by Google Translate] they indicate that:

"Puumaloissa we use the old 1950-1980 century in the various localities sleeve badges and pennants (some of them are used and show a patina of age), as well as cutting surplus jacket fabrics or high-quality fabric sample pieces."

The patch on this item is very definitely not used and looks almost new. It seems there is at least one other patch/purse combination [and yes I am trying to make contact and spend more of my heard earned but limited funds] and both the one I now have and the others are very cool.

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Vintage Futuro Match Box Label | Collectibles | Purchased 110515

Vintage Lahnajärvi Futuro Match Box LabelThis is a vintage Match Box label that carries the text Lahnajärven Lentävä Lautanen or, according to Google Translate, Lahnajärvi Flying Saucer and clearly references the Matsalu Futuro which was located in Lahnajärvi "back in the day".

The other text I believe references that the business being "advertised" is a Grill/Restaurant and the average contents of the Match Box itself [50].

The label is affixed to a piece of paper with "torn edges". My best guess is that it was mounted to some kind of paper as part of a collection of such labels but that is just conjecture.

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Framed Vintage Futuro Pennant | Collectibles | Purchased 110615

Vintage Lahnajärvi Futuro Pennant On Contemporary WalletClearly based on these pages I can be considered a "collector" of "Things Futuro". The collector "bug" is an interesting thing. I just added a small vintage pennant mounted on a contemporary wallet related to the Matsalu Futuro during its time on Lake Lahnajärvi to this collection.

This item is actually the same pennant mounted in a contemporary picture frame so many might consider it a "duplicate" item.

For me it is an interesting alternative presentation of the pennant and so I added this item to my collection.

The pennant carries the text Lahnajärven Lentävä Lautanen or, according to Google Translate, Lahnajärvi Flying Saucer and thus clearly references the Matsalu Futuro which was located in Lahnajärvi "back in the day".

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Slide, Futuro, Todmorden, UK - Early 1970's | Collectibles | Purchased 122115

35mm Slide - Waterside Plastics Futuro - Early 1970'sWaterside Plastics of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK was, to my knowledge, the only manufacturer of Futuros in the UK. It is unclear how many units were manufactured by Waterside Plastics though it seems likely there were at least three.

Two were orange and can be seen exhibited together in this photo and likely ended up at Ivy Bank High School, Burnley and Courage Low Lane, Wrightington.

The third, seen in this vintage 35mm slide, was located in Todmorden in the early 1970's. To date I have not come across any indication of where this unit may have gone after leaving Todmorden and the current whereabouts of the UK Futuros is unknown [if indeed any of them still exist].

The one Futuro now in the UK was brought to the UK a couple of years ago by Craig Barnes from South Africa for restoration. Known as "Futuro 22" this Futuro is currently located on the third floor terrace of the University of the Arts London's Central St Martins' building.

35mm Slide - Waterside Plastics Futuro - Early 1970's - Detail

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Postcard, Italian - 1998 | Postal Items | Purchased 012916

Update 021516

In an email I received this week Achim Breiling was able to do what Google could not; translate the word "trentannifà" [thanks Achim]. Achim tells me that it means "trenta anti fà" (or "trant'anni fà") and written as one word it means "30 years ago" or "thirty years back". It seems that this was most likely the actual name of the exhibition which was therefore, presumably, focused on things as they were thirty years prior to the exhibition.

This of course fits perfectly with the Futuro House which was 30 years old at the time of the exhibition in 1998.

Achim added that "Mettersi in mostra senza mostrarsi" was more difficult to translate, perhaps "put yourself in exhibition without showing off". Hard to know what exactly the real meaning is but perhaps the exhibition was one which featured photos from 30 years prior but not actual items themselves; that of course is pure conjecture.



Original Information 020716

This "linen" postcard [which is not actually linen] appears to date from 1998.

The front of the postcard carries the word "trentannifà" which the trusty Google Translate tranlates as - well - "trentannifà" - so your guess is as good as mine.

On the back of the card is the text:

"trentannifà
Mettersi in mostra
senza mostrarsi
Napoli 1,2,3 maggio '98
Mostra D'Oltremare
"

which, according to Google Translate, is:

"trentannifà
Showing off
no show
Naples 1,2,3 May '98
Show Overseas
"

Mostra d'Oltremare was opened in Napoli [or Naples], Italy as the Triennial Exhibition of Italian Overseas Lands, on 050940. Based on the less than clear Google translation it seems likely that there was an exhibition at Mostra d'Oltremare in May of 1998 which in some way featured the Futuro [I am not aware of an actual Futuro being displayed at an exhibition in Italy at this time] and the postcard was, presumably, a souvenir item for this exhibition.

The text on the postcard does not identify the location of the Futuro but based on other photographs I am of the opinion that it depicts Futuro #000 during its time in Turenki, Finland during the 1970's.

The back of the postcard also includes the text:

""Casa in poliestere"
arch. Matti Suuronen
2 aprile 1968
"

or

" "House polyester"
arch. Matti Suuronen
April 2, 1968
"

It is unlikely the photo dates from 040268, this is too early, so the assumption must be that they are ascribing the design of the Futuro to that date.

1998 Italina Linen Postcard - Futuro #000 - Turenki 1970's - Front

1998 Italina Linen Postcard - Futuro #000 - Turenki 1970's - Back

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Photo Set, Dombai - 1983 | Photographs | Purchased 081916

This set of photo cards dates from 1983 and includes 12 cards featuring images from the Dombai area. Most include two images though two include three. One of the cards includes an image of the Dombai Futuro.

Though these were advertised as postcards when I purchased the set I believe they would more accurately be classified as souvenir photos. No doubt they could have been used as postcards but I do not believe they were designed or intended as such given a slightly less "hardy" print medium than a standard postcard, the shape of the print and the absence of the usual printing seen on the reverse of a postcard for address, message and postage stamp placement. That of course is personal opinion and I could be completely wrong.

Collecting is an interesting phenomenon. I already had a copy of the individual card that includes the image of the Dombai Futuro [see here] but when I came across the full set the "collector" in me wanted to also add that to this collection even though there were no additional images of the Futuro included in the set and so here it is.

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Front

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Back

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Futuro Card Front

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Futuro Card Back

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1983 Photo/Tourist Booklet | Collectibles | Purchased 081916

This 1983 Photo/Tourist booklet comprises four sets of photos [Dombai, Teberda, Arkhyz and Elbrus as reflected on the cover and translated by Google]. The Dombai section contains a photo of the Dombai Futuro.

1983 Photo Booklet - Dombai - Front

1983 Photo Booklet - Dombai - Back

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Souvenir Lapel Pin | Collectibles | Purchased 091716

Dombai PinThere seem to be more collectibles and souvenirs, both vintage and contemporary, featuring the Dombai Futuro than any other Futuro, at least based on the research I have done while assembling this collection. This lapel pin is one such item.

Presumably manufactured as a tourist souvenir this lapel pin is small [only 1.05 inches by 0.65 inches] and light. The pin features a Futuro and the text "ДОМБАИ - ТУРИСТСКАЯ ИЗБА" which, according to Google, translates to "Dombai - Tourist Hut".

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High Mileage | Music CD | Purchased 092316

The cover of Plano, TX singer/songwriter T. Heislen's CD High Mileage features a photo of the Royse City Futuro [prior to the 2014 exterior paint upgrade]. The actual CD itself also features the same image.

T. Heilsen - High Mileage - Cover  T. Heilsen - High Mileage - CD

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Photo Set, Dombai - Contemporary | Photographs | Purchased 101316

This set of photo cards is undated but was likely manufactured within the last few years [and it is possibly still in production; my Russion contact purchased it directly from the manufacturer]. The set, that includes a cover/folder and 12 individual cards, features the Dombai Futuro both on the cover and on one of the cards.

The set may have been intended for use as postcards but I think they would more accurately be classified as souvenir photos. No doubt they could have been used as postcards but I do not believe they were designed or intended as such given a slightly less "hardy" print medium than a standard postcard, the shape of the print and the absence of the usual printing seen on the reverse of a postcard for address, message and postage stamp placement. That of course is just my opinion and could be completely wrong.

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Front

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Futuro Card - Front

1983 Dombai Photo Card Set - Futuro Card - Back

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Danny Heller Drawing Of Idyllwild Futuro | Art | Purchased 111516

I recently added this drawing of the Idyllwild Futuro by Danny Heller to the "Drawings" section of the "Bits & Pieces" page after I saw it on Instagram. Then I decided I needed to add it to my collection and so this past week I purchased the drawing. It will look great once it is framed and hung.

Danny Heller Drawing Of Idyllwild Futuro

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This multi-view postcard of a Shell Gas Station/Rest Stop on Lake Lahnajärvi shows Futuro #002 [now located in Matsalu, Estonia] in one of the four photos [top left]; but only just - you have to look closely.

The postcard itself is undated but it is postmarked 092481.

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Front

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Panel

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Detail

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Back

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Souvenir Skiing Pin | Collectibles | Purchased 020117

Dombai Ski PinThere seem to be more collectibles and souvenirs, both vintage and contemporary, featuring the Dombai Futuro than any other Futuro, at least based on the research I have done while assembling my collection of "Things Futuro".

This 2" diameter lapel pin which features a skier with the Futuro in the background is one such item. Not sure if this is contemporary or something produced some time ago.

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Metal Refrigerator Magnet - Dombai Futuro | Collectibles | Purchased 021817

Dombai Metal Refrigerator MagnetThere seem to be more collectibles and souvenirs, both vintage and contemporary, featuring the Dombai Futuro than any other Futuro, at least based on the research I have done while assembling my collection of "Things Futuro".

I recently came across this 2" x 2¾" refrigerator magnet. The magnet is manufactured using a dark metal and for its size it is actually quite heavy. There are no markings that indicate age and I have no idea if this is a contemporary souvenir that is "hot of the press" or an item with some age.

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Photo Of Pensacola Beach | Photographs | Purchased 021817

This 3½" square photo shows the interior of the Pensacola Beach Futuro. Though the photo is clearly of some age there is no indication of when it was taken [or who the folks in the photo are].

Pensacola Beach Futuro - Vintage Interior Photo

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Futuro Stamp | US First Day Cover | Postal Items | Purchased 040417

102071 saw the issue of the commemorative Futuro Stamp [Scott # 0190-0511]. This collection contains several different Covers from the first day of issue. This particular one was mailed to the USA and features a "globe" graphic with the annotation "First Day Cover".

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The Futuro Stamp - FDC To USA

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FinnFocus 68, London Guide Book | Collectibles | Purchased 040417

Futuro #002 now located in Matsalu, Estonia was exhibited as a part of the Finnfocus-Export Fair in 1968 and there became the first Futuro to be exhibited to a "mass audience." It was only after this exhibition that the Futuro actually got the name Futuro.

The exhibition was held aboard the MS Finnpartner which was moored on the Thames close to Tower Bridge in London for the event. The Futuro was exhibited on an upper deck.

This guide book for the exhibition includes introductions to the exhibition by several Finish and English politicians, deck plans showing where exhibits were located, a list of exhibitors and what they were exhibiting and several pages of ads. There are no photos of the Futuro but it is mentioned on one of the deck plans and in the exhibitor listing for Oy Polykem Ab.

FinnFocus 68, London - Guide Book - Cover  FinnFocus 68, London - Guide Book - Deck Plan  FinnFocus 68, London - Guide Book - Polykem Listing

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Futuro Stamp | First Day Cover | Postal Items | Purchased 042117

There are several variants of the Futuro Stamp First Day Cover. The graphic on this one features a flower and watering can.

Other examples of the Futuro Stamp and Covers in my collection can be found here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Watering Can Cover

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Republique De Djibouti First Day Cover | Postal Items | Purchased 062917

PhilexFrance was a series of philately exhibitions held in France in 1982, 1989 and 1999. A number of first day covers and other philately related items associated with PhilexFrance82 [061182-062182] featured the Saint-Ouen Futuro that was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France at that time.

This particular item is a nice Republique De Djibouti first day cover dated 051082 with two stamps commemorating PhilexFrance82. One of the stamps features graphics that include the CNIT along with the Futuro in front. Other items relating to this particular stamp can be found here and here.

1982 Republique De Djibouti FDC - PhilexFrance82

1982 Republique De Djibouti FDC - PhilexFrance82 - Detail

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São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps | Postal Items | Purchased 062917

PhilexFrance82 was a philately exhibition held at the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France in 1982. It was one of a series of such events with others taking place in 1989 and 1999. At the time the Saint-Ouen Futuro was located outside the CNIT and a number of philately related items commemorating Philexfrance82 featured the Futuro in some way.

The República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe issued two stamps for PhilexFrance82 with a transportation theme. Neither stamp featured the Futuro but it was included, along with the CNIT and Eiffel Tower, in some non-stamp graphics included in sheets of the actual stamps.

Here we have a sheet of what appears to be nine stamps; in fact it is eight, four each of two stamps. In the center is what initially appears to be a stamp but in fact is not and that image does actually include the Futuro [though it is hard to spot]. Though clearly never "mailed" the stamps do carry a cancellation dated 062182, the last day of PhilexFrance82.

This sheet is one of several items in this collection featuring the República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe stamps and the associated graphic; others can be found here and here.

República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Sheet Cancellation - PhilexFrance82  República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Sheet Cancellation - PhilexFrance82 - Detail

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PhilexFrance82 "Presentation Folder" | Postal Items | Purchased 062917

When I saw this item on E-Bay I was not actually sure exactly what it was other than it was clearly associated with PhilexFrance82 and it showed the Saint-Ouen Futuro during its days outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France.

Being the avid collector of all "Things Futuro" knowing exactly what the item was was actually secondary to the fact it showed a Futuro and so I bid on and purchased the item.

PhilexFrance82 was one of a series of philately exhibitions that took place in France in 1982, 1989 and 1999. There are a number of different philately related items that commemorate PhilexFrance82 that feature the Saint-Ouen Futuro in some way.

Once I "got my hands on" this item I found it was a "self-described" limited edition [#53 of 250] "artistic sheet" [according to Google Translate; I would characterize it as a "presentation folder"] that includes examples of six different stamps issued by France to mark PhilexFrance82 [though there are ten stamps total with four being duplicates].

The stamps are cancelled though each has a different date between 061082 and 062182; pure conjecture on my part but I am wondering if this was an item someone attending PhilexFrance82 would have purchased and then collected the various cancellations on the different days of the exhibition.

The stamps themselves have nothing to do with Futuro but the item rightfully gains it's place in this collection because the front cover of the folder features a photograph of the CNIT which includes the Futuro [to the lower right].

PhilexFrance82 - French Stamps Presentation Folder

PhilexFrance82 - French Stamps Presentation Folder - Detail

PhilexFrance82 - French Stamps Presentation Folder

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São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps | Postal Items | Purchased 070617

PhilexFrance82, one of a series of philately exhibitions held in France in 1982, 1989 and 1999, was held at the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France.

Several PhilexFrance82 philately related items in some way feature the Saint-Ouen Futuro which was located outside the CNIT at the time including this mint strip featuring two stamps issued by the República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe. The stamps themselves do not include the Futuro but the graphic in the center of the strip which carries an image of the CNIT does show the Futuro [very small and difficult to see] in front of the CNIT.

This item is one of several in this collection featuring the República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe stamps and the associated graphic; others can be found here and here.

República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Stamp Block Mint Imperforated - PhilexFrance82

República Democrática De São Tomé E Príncipe Stamps - Stamp Block Mint Imperforated - PhilexFrance82 - Detail

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