Weird and wacky visions of the future

I found these intriguing images while searching around online at WikiCommons. These postcards were produced in France in the late 1800s and early 1900s to show a vision of the future for ‘France in the 21st century’. I’ve not posted all of the images here, but there are a lot that are to do with flying – flying police, flying people, flying battles. It’s very interesting to see that the future, as foretold in these images, still has people dressed the same as in the day, using machinery that looks the same as in the day – it’s the function that has changed, not the design or style.

People flying around La Place de L’Opera in Paris

An air ship

Roller skates with motors attached at the back

Roller skates with motors attached at the back

Facetime – as they saw it over 100 years ago

Getting the newspaper via audio

Getting the newspaper via audio


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