258 E. 1st South

The Cosmic Aeroplane from  1976 to 1991 — A Gallery of Photos

B&W photo courtesy of Stew Ellington.

B&W photo courtesy of Stew Ellington.

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(L to R) East and West Bays on the ground level floor.

(L to R) Exterior views of East and West Bays on the Ground Level.

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The West Bay upstairs, facing south -- the square doorway near center-left leads to the East Bay.

Ground Level: Interior of West Bay, facing south — the square doorway near center-left leads to the East Bay.

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Ground Level: East Bay from the view of a low camera. The square doorway to the right lead to the West Bay.

Ground Level: East Bay from a low camera view. Square doorway (high right) leads to the West Bay.

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Ground Level: East Bay from a high camera view.

Ground Level: East Bay from a high camera view. To the right of the FANTASY  SCIENCE FICTION sign, in the far southwest corner, double doors lead to business offices at the back of the building.

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Beneath the FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION sign, just east of the double door leading to back offices.

Beneath the FANTASY  SCIENCE FICTION sign, just east of the double doors leading to back offices.

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Via Steve Midgely Photography: Here is a photo I took of the Cosmic Aeroplane just before they closed their doors. Please make use of it as you see fit, all rights are granted.

Via Steve Midgely Photography: Here is a photo I took of the Cosmic Aeroplane just before they closed their doors. Please make use of it as you see fit, all rights are granted.

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The doors finally closed for the last time on February 1, 1991 …
Richard Montague, long time bookkeeper for the Cosmic, took over the gift shop side
(West Bay) and ran the business as Stargazer, but it only lasted until the end of 1991.

NOTE: The few persons passing through the scenes above did so by coincidence and were neither employees nor primary subjects of the various unknown photographers who took pictures of these physical places. Their features were artificially blurred and filtered to preserve their essential anonymity.

We actively request your contributions of pictures, memorabilia, and oral histories concerning the Cosmic Aeroplane — please contact our blogmeister: mike_evans_exile@yahoo.com

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7 Responses to 258 E. 1st South

  1. Aaron in PDX says:

    How great to see those photos! Brings back memories. How many days I visited Cosmic back in the day and went straight back to those comics shelves… What a great (and mysterious, for a stunted teen) store!

  2. Ron Coyle says:

    i miss that place to. my mom used to take me there back in the 80’s
    lots of memories there. i may got back to SLC just to visit that place again.

  3. Tim Richalds says:

    I just picked up a Wynton Marsalis record from a thrift store in Idaho that had a cosmic aeroplane sticker from when it was new. Looked it up and made my way here!

  4. guyco9@yahoo.com says:

    Wow………. talk about going back. Me and my buddies would hang out here a lot. We went to West high nearby. We always went there for our “papers”. Mike…… you went there too! You lived around the corner from me!

    • Thanks “Guy!” I regularly visited the Cosmic Aeroplane while attending West High, and continued to patronize the store at all of its locations while in college and as a working man — bought everything from papers and screens to 1st Edition books. Even met the lady who I’d marry there!

  5. Daniel Ramjoue says:

    Went there to get my first REM tickets for the Salt Palace show (4th row) I also did a painting of the exterior about 12 years ago…. I will post it soon too. Miss the crap out of their vinyl selection!

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