The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

The era of "Googie" design and architecture is half a century ago — but in many ways, it feels fresher than anything that's come along since. The optimism and brightness that comes out of these buildings and their facades still shines out like a sign of what humans are capable of when we believe. To see these Space Age monuments tarnished and crumbling is kind of heart-breaking, but somehow their hope remains undimmed.

Here are some of the coolest pictures of "Googie" style we could find online.

Top image: "Jets" by Arby Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Encounter LAX Revised by Brewbooks on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Stardust Motel by Kristine Paulus on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Midway Motel, by Ercwttmn on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Mission Hills Bowl by Kent Kanouse on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Reno, NV by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Vickers Petroleum by Ercwttmn on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Dyne Quik by Ercwttmn on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Flying Realty by David Gallagher on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Southgate Shopping Center, as seen in Edward Scissorhands. By Andy Callahan/Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Famed architect Eero Saarinen's abandoned TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, photo by Telstar Logistics/Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Liquor by Dan Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

The Vogue, Hollywood Blvd. by Dan Reed on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

San Jose, by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

San Jose, by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Melody Cleaners, by Caveman Chuck Coker on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Googie Car Wash by Arby Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Hillcrest Motel by Arby Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Googie Airport by Arby Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Park Ave. by Arby Reed on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Electra Steph on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Saute's Parking by Ercwttmn on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

ElectraSteph on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Pedian Carpet by Cory Dalus on Flickr.

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Westside Billiards by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Sure Fit by Jillian Northrup on Flickr

The 1950s Space Age style known as Googie lives on forever

Nottingham Contemporary by Duncan Harris on Flickr.