I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the “evolution of the depiction of spaceships” on the covers of SF magazines (that are in the collection).
I think Spaceships, Planets, BEMs and Women in Non-Working Spacesuits are probably the four commonest subjects, though I really have no idea which of those four is the most prominent. In future I may compile some images to represent those other subjects.
For now – depictions of “pulp” magazine spaceships, from 1929 to the present. Some are here just to look at, others have comments in the captions. Enjoy!
And here is an image of the very first spaceship to appear on the cover of an SF magazine – by Frank R. Paul – the cover of the October, 1926 issue of Amazing Stories, illustrating A. Hyatt Verrill’s story Beyond the Pole.