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The Year 2000 as Seen by 19th Century Artists
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Posted on 02/13/2013 12:39:44 PM PST by GVnana

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.


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More at the link. How did they do?
1 posted on 02/13/2013 12:39:47 PM PST by GVnana
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To: GVnana

Amazingly accurate, predicting road rage, the RV, and government school computers.


2 posted on 02/13/2013 12:42:34 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus

Actually, #3 could be Facebook.


3 posted on 02/13/2013 12:44:16 PM PST by Argus
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To: GVnana

Where’s my whale bus?


4 posted on 02/13/2013 12:45:26 PM PST by Drew68
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To: GVnana

They did surprisingly well!...........


5 posted on 02/13/2013 12:46:17 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: GVnana

The 3 you posted aren’t wildly off the mark but I draw the line a seagull fishing.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 12:46:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Drew68

7 posted on 02/13/2013 12:47:59 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Argus
Actually, #3 could be Facebook.

number 3 is very much government school... spot on...

8 posted on 02/13/2013 12:49:19 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Argus

“At School” is pretty close if you replace the book machine with a bunch of Ipods


9 posted on 02/13/2013 12:49:39 PM PST by dfwright (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left (Eccl. 10:2, NIV))
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To: GVnana
I think they did very well.
I notice that many of the artists were influenced by Jules Verne. I guess that is due to the fact that "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was a huge best seller just a few year prior.
10 posted on 02/13/2013 12:51:49 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: GVnana

Arthur Clarke once observed about predictions that humans tend to be over-optimistic in the short run and under-optimistic in the long run. At the age of ten, I thought I’d be vacationing on Mars by now but I never imagined the Internet.


11 posted on 02/13/2013 12:58:32 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: GVnana

I didn’t see how many times the French were predicted to have surrendered to Germany...


12 posted on 02/13/2013 12:59:52 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: GVnana

#1 seems to have drive-by shootings in Detroit and Baltimore nailed.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 1:03:28 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GVnana

The one I liked the most is the postal worker flying to deliver paper mail. It shows how people take whatever the new thing is of their time (flying, in this case) and expand it beyond reason or practicality, but fail to imagine other innovations, like the fact that paper mail is now fairly obsolete. I always love looking at these though because its a real insight into how people used to think.


14 posted on 02/13/2013 1:04:39 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: muir_redwoods

“At the age of ten, I thought I’d be vacationing on Mars by now but I never imagined the Internet.”

I just want my flying car :)


15 posted on 02/13/2013 1:05:01 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: GVnana

During my high school years I used to have an on again, off again summer job working as a deck hand on shrimp boats. I actually did go fishing for sea gulls.


16 posted on 02/13/2013 1:05:10 PM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

I actually caught a seagull on my line while fishing. I think he was diving for my bait. It was a real mess trying to get a hook out of a pissed off gull..........


17 posted on 02/13/2013 1:08:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: GVnana

We are still waiting on that flying car...

18 posted on 02/13/2013 1:09:48 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: JRios1968

6 months ago I would have never believed FReepers would declare Americans to be war criminals over treatment of nazi Germany.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 1:10:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GVnana

I’m still waiting for flying cars!


20 posted on 02/13/2013 1:11:50 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: thackney

From what I see among the 2 dimensional drivers, the last thing I want to do is add a 3rd.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 1:12:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Owl558

22 posted on 02/13/2013 1:14:50 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: cripplecreek
From what I see among the 2 dimensional drivers, the last thing I want to do is add a 3rd.

+100

23 posted on 02/13/2013 1:18:55 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I'D SAY THEY WERE PRETTY CLOSE!.......

24 posted on 02/13/2013 1:20:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: GVnana

Battle cars: that could be either a look ever further into the future and seeing Mad Max,, or the unscrubbed masses dragging Olvera Street in Los Angeles.


25 posted on 02/13/2013 1:25:13 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: rochester_veteran

26 posted on 02/13/2013 1:25:35 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: GVnana

What intrigued me was the many cards depicting domestication of the animals, particularly sea life - whale buses, fish races, and seahorse riders.

2000 was a depiction of man’s dominion of the air and sea. The selection offered did not show any space exploration. Or perhaps mastery of the underseas was seen as more likely and would produce more benefit to man in food resources and travel.

The aviation police was eerily prescient of the drones today.

Many more can be seen at the original source

http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=france+in+the+year+2000&title=Special%3ASearch


27 posted on 02/13/2013 1:28:59 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: GVnana

They really missed how casual and for late-19th century people shocking clothes would dominate.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 1:45:51 PM PST by C19fan
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

29 posted on 02/13/2013 1:46:55 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: GVnana

They got the school indoctrination (#3) right. Throwing out the books (history) to feed the propaganda. Spot on!


30 posted on 02/13/2013 1:50:26 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: GVnana

They got the school indoctrination (#3) right. Throwing out the books (history) to feed the propaganda. Spot on!


31 posted on 02/13/2013 1:50:26 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: Red Badger

I'D SAY THEY WERE PRETTY CLOSE!.......

Yes, they were. Dr Gatling's marvelous invention lives on in this modern implementation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nug5FZgxuk

32 posted on 02/13/2013 1:52:04 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: thackney

Yep, everyone’s disappointed that there is no ubiquitous flying cars already.


33 posted on 02/13/2013 1:53:10 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: GVnana

Still don’t have those flying cars.


34 posted on 02/13/2013 1:56:04 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: GVnana

From the country of Jules Vern.


35 posted on 02/13/2013 1:57:59 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: GVnana
The one entitled "American President" is uncanny!


36 posted on 02/13/2013 2:10:32 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: GVnana
Apparently, they believed that, in the future, conductors wouldn't wear pants. Perhaps they were anticipating the wardrobe malfunction?


37 posted on 02/13/2013 2:20:58 PM PST by LouD
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To: Red Badger
"diving for my bait"

While vacationing in Cornwall last May with the wife, we were in a seaside town walking down the street behind a group of three or four people one of whom was eating an ice cream cone. The guy had the cone held outstretched in his right hand. Lickety split, a seagull dove in and snatched the cone right out of the guy's hand. Was he ever stunned. Then he started laughing. Maybe because we were all laughing.

38 posted on 02/13/2013 2:29:24 PM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

I love seagulls.


39 posted on 02/13/2013 2:33:38 PM PST by MarMema
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To: driftless2

We have the same problems here with herons and pellicans........


40 posted on 02/13/2013 2:33:49 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: cynwoody

Video telephony as imagined in the year 2000, as imagined in 1910. From a French card.

SKYPE!..........

41 posted on 02/13/2013 2:37:34 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Boy they got that one way off, I mean the woman would pretty much be naked.


42 posted on 02/13/2013 2:39:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Victorian era morals prohibited such thoughts. Even an ankle showing was considered risque........


43 posted on 02/13/2013 2:41:21 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: dfwgator

A Sea Rescue

Hearing the newspaper

They got these very close........

44 posted on 02/13/2013 2:48:08 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Presaging the La-Z-boy?


45 posted on 02/13/2013 2:58:36 PM PST by GVnana
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“I always love looking at these though because its a real insight into how people used to think.”

People still think the same ways. Anyone today who dreams of something interesting can count on being shouted down as a fool or etc. just the same as those souls 113 years ago were probably ridiculed by ‘proper society’ for their flights of fancy.

I remember my friends laughing at me for thinking that Facebook was cooler than MySpace.


46 posted on 02/13/2013 3:16:16 PM PST by MeganC (Liberals fool people by walking upright.)
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To: cripplecreek

“6 months ago I would have never believed FReepers would declare Americans to be war criminals over treatment of nazi Germany.”

I’m sure the Nazis never expected that Americans in 2013 would eventually support them.


47 posted on 02/13/2013 3:19:27 PM PST by MeganC (Liberals fool people by walking upright.)
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