The Future of the Past

A cool revival article from the Washington Post, featuring a series of science fiction illustrations from the turn of the 20th century.

What People in 1900 Thought the Year 200 Would Look Like is a photo essay featuring public domain images of paintings from France in 1897-1900.

The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review, then later turned into postcards.

There were at least 87 of these postcards, which were later discovered by Isaac Asimov and re-printed in 1986 with commentary as Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.

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