Today’s world through 1900 eyes


Even today, we believe that in a few years we’ll be able to fly, teleport or have a weekend house in the Moon, but how naive are these thoughts? In the 1900 some french artist presented a serie of painting and illustrations exposing how the France will look like in the early XXI century. In the Public Domain Review words:

France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. 

We found all the creations really interesting, not only for the vintage look, but also the creativity and ingenuity of the early XX century society.
What do you think? do you like them?

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Font: Public Domain Review

All images: Wikimedia Commons

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7 thoughts on “Today’s world through 1900 eyes

  1. It’s inspiring! Maybe in 100 years people will see our current predictions as a weird and naive point of view. In some ways, I prefer this fantasy world better than ours.

  2. I am reminded of the story of the British demographer who was commissioned by the mayor of London, c. 1860, to project the city’s future needs. He warned that if the then prevalent rate of growth continued, the entire city would be several meters deep in horse manure by 1940!

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