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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

1900'S VIEWS OF THE YEAR 2000



These are some of an amazing collection of postcards from the dawn of the twentieth century that predicted what life would be like in the year 2000.  they were produced by Hildebrands (a leading German chocolate company of the time).  They had some interesting ideas but they didn't see fashion changing.  I found these first eight at paleofuture.com:


                                                            Personal aircraft

Undersea tourist boats

Roofed cities

Police xray surveillance cameras

The following images, which were drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists, originally appeared on paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards. They were first produced in 1899 for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, with additional cards being released in 1900, 1901 and 1910. There are 87 known scenes, but here are some of the more striking. In addition to a range of tedious activities going automatic, the biggest theme seems to be an anticipation that we will tire of earthly pursuits and take to the sea and sky.  These are from mentalfloss.com:
























I always learn from the mistakes of others who took my advice----fishducky

 









12 comments:

  1. Nailed the economic forecast.
    And glad we did move on from those fashions. They look very, very uncomfortable.

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  2. The final cartoon is the funniest of all :D

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  3. Now that meat thing is absolutely fascinating! But then there is dairy...what about dairy products? Hummm.

    Loved the postcards of the future. They really thought we'd be able to fly about and that does sound like fun. Some of it wasn't that far off, though. :)

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  4. I predict...I will have a cheeseburger for lunch.

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  5. I don't want to know...except for maybe tomorrows weather.

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  6. I think we pretty much have all those things in the pictures at the beginning. Now let's guess what we'll have in 3000.

    Don't worry about commenting now, I'll see Wednesday's post!

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  7. I'm with Val, we will see you on Wednesday.

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