Retrofuturism

One of my favorite things is finding depictions of the future from people who lived decades (or centuries!) ago. I’m going to store my collection here. Enjoy.


 

En L’An 2000

From Wikipedia:

En L’An 2000 (In the Year 2000, also loosely translated as France in the 21st Century) is a French image series depicting scientific advances imagined as achieved by the year 2000. At least 87 were produced, by artists including Jean-Marc Côté. They were printed in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, first on paper as cigar box inserts, and later as picture postcards, but never distributed. The only known set of the postcards was acquired by writer Isaac Asimov, who featured them in his nonfiction work Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000 (Henry Holt and Company, 1986)

Miscellaneous

Medical Diagnosis by Radio, 1925
Medical Diagnosis by Radio, 1925 (source)
This Bulk Milk Hauler was conceived in 1942 as a way to service roughly 34 cities with their milk needs. Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/RetroFuturism/comments/4uid1t/this_bulk_milk_hauler_was_conceived_in_1942_as_a/
This Bulk Milk Hauler was conceived in 1942 as a way to service roughly 34 cities with their milk needs. (source)
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(source) – Fun fact, one of these actually existed. Only one, although others tried. And the Japanese are bringing them back, big time.