What 1899 Imagined the Year 2000 Would Look Like!!

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From 1899 to 1910, Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists imagined what the future would look like in a series of postcards called, In the Year 2000. They postcards were made for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris and they are really something!

Take a look! These artists thought the future would have a lot more robots, flying contraptions, and that we’d be spending more time UNDERWATER!

a-tailor-of-the-latest-fashion a-race-in-the-pacific whale-bus well-trained-orchestra The-New-Fangled-Barber Rural-postman madame-at-the-toilette little-eagle-nest-robbers

(Um, what?!)

house-rolling-through-the-countryside fishing-for-seagulls Electric-Scrubbing Divers-on-Horseback Croquet-party aviation-police at-school An-Aerial-Battle Aero-Cab-Station aerial-fireman

If you’d like to see more of these cool cards, go check out them out at Wikimedia Commons.

  • Helen Gircko

    Oh, yes it’s impressive. It should be noted that the artists are quite accurately foresaw the future reality. Especially if we talk about machines for cleaning, etc. The postcard with the school looks like a satirical metaphor.
    If our life really was just like it is depicted here, it would be very fun. Croquet under the water and flying firefighters – it’s great! Thank you, Pee-wee!

  • Elizabeth West

    The floor scrubbing machine isn’t far off. I think we have done better with the Roomba though!

  • Linda Edwards

    Thanks for sharing. It is interesting to see these Jules Verne like depictions.

  • alexisd3000

    they got the school thing right, poor kids in higher ed these days are thrown into some badly coded website… tsk tsk

  • Paul, Thank you for making my day at work more special! This post is terrific. have a wonderful afternoon ❤️?

  • Amanda Dushan

    These are awesome looking cards. My favorite is the whale bus.

  • Coleman Wigger

    Such great artistry. Love the work and the ideas that were developed.

  • MalcolmO

    The tailoring is like Sleeper! The robot barber is using a *straight razor*. Replace the person but no need to revolutionize the means. Just as long as those darn people aren’t drawing salaries any more!