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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 then distant year of 2000. As is so
often the case their predictions fell some way off the mark, failing to go far enough in thinking outside the confines of their current technological milieu (hence the ubiquity of propellors, not to mention the distinctly 19th-century dress).
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. Due to financial difficulties the cards by Jean-Marc Côté were never actually distributed and only came to light many years later after the science-fiction author Isaac Asimov chanced upon a set and published them in 1986, with accompanying commentary, in the book
Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000
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I really like the ambitious thinking and innocence of the artist… specially, alot of things being done underwater or in the air… looking at the real estate prices, space crunch and global traffic situation… it’s so very apt!
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Great post! is really impressive view this pictures :O
It’s easy to laugh. And just as easy to marvel: mechanized warfare, campers, the Roomba, aerial warfare, scuba, the synthesizer, it’s all there. Just….with real physics. And I’m afraid war didn’t turn out to be so…jolly.
I think some of them actually exists 🙂
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He imagined 2000 would look like a steampunk-esque world which is cool.
Thank you for putting this together. A modern, wildest of futuristic views is disclosed by Jacques Cousteau, in his book The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: http://llavealhighway.com/book-review-the-human-the-orchid-and-the-octopus-by-jacques-cousteau/
The artist just improved stuff they already had, and did the artist also think we would keep wearing the same clothing styles for 100 years, lmao!
And most of this stuff was invented 50 years ago, lol
Some of them are, at least from the concept, not that wrong. Look at the eagle-robbers. Just a little imagination and you see the wingsuits from basejumpers. Also the ability of a single man to farm complete fields are, even when not in the form seen here, possible today. The fighting cars and plans are, just a little bit more aerodanemic and safer, in use, the same as luxus campers.
We should put more nature inspiration in to newest technologies;)
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does anyone know what size these were?
Cigarette cards are roughly 2 by 3 inches. Postcards from that era were 5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.