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Sep092007

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

Flying FiremenThe National Library of France (BnF) has an amazing collection of prints from 1910 which depict life in the year 2000. They are credited to Villemard.

There's speculation that they were included with "foodstuffs" of the era, much like the German postcards we looked at back in April.

Car ShoesThe BarberThe Avenue of the OperaA Curiosity
I wonder if the "curiosity" referred to is the horse as an uncommon means of transportation, or the extinction of all animals as referenced in the 1900 Ladies' Home Journal article we looked at a while back.The Electric Train From Paris to BeijingA RescueSpeak to the Caretaker
This image clearly takes its inspiration from another French futurist, Albert Robida, and his book The Twentieth Century.Sentinel Advanced in the HelicopterCyclist ScoutsPhonographic MessageOne For the RoadLady In Her BathroomHeating With RadiumHearing The NewspaperCorrespondence CinemaCars of WarBuilding SiteAt SchoolA Festival of FlowersA Chemical Dinner
It's amazing how long the idea of synthetic food has been with us. Before starting this blog I had assumed that the idea started with the Jetsons.Airship On The Long CourseThe TailorFlying Police

See also:
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900)
Evening Fashions of the Year 1952 (1883)
The Air Ship: A Musical Farce Comedy (1898)
Going to the Opera in the Year 2000 (1882)
Collier's Illustrated Future of 2001 (1901)
Predictions of a 14-Year-Old (Milwaukee Excelsior, 1901)
No One Will Walk - All Will Have Wheels (Brown County Democrat, 1900)
The Next Hundred Years (Milwaukee Herold und Seebote, 1901)
What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years (Ladies Home Journal, 1900)
Flying Machines (circa 1885)

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November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterluna

Sadly, just another 'supposedly old print/drawing collection'... These were done recently and made to look like they were artistic visions of the future from 1910. Far to cliche. The only thing they are missing is a 'supposed small white handheld music playing device...with white earphones, by coincidence..'. Yawn.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, that is quite impressive is it not?

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January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterjoshyMinor

Great article. This was interesting to say the least.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFree Xbox 360 Games

Funny how the winged cars remind me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Somebody saw these cards before.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Still ridiculous after all of these decades. Pure science-fiction that will never come to fruition.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Funny how the winged cars remind me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Somebody saw these cards before..

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWerner

This comment on digg is precislless

Question:
It's 2009. Where are my car shoes?

Answer:

http://www.random-good-stuff.com/2007/03/15/motorized-rollerblades/

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTa4ka

Really amazing!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAxou

That's obvious. People always make predictions based on quantity, not quality. No one could predict the invention of a computer and the internet.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFazer

Wow. Thanks for sharing these are really quite charming. Its kind of funny to see they're not that far off...

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex - Tucson Web Design

I loved seeing these!

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

xD +1

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLInkor from russia

this is beautiful!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlupe

'A festival of Flowers' reminds me of the prosperous days at the turn of the century when high society ladies would have a casual, carefree ''fight'' with flowers. I didn't know this was common across Europe at that time, I always thought it was a local caprice... :) to pass time in a fashionable, innocent manner.

PS: Your work is very appreciated :) .

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMirela

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