Tuesday, January 16, 2018


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