FRENCH VICTORIANS' HISTORIC VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
A set of 19th century postcards has revealed that's just what French artists thought we'd be doing at the turn of the 21st century. The set of postcards, produced between 1899 and 1910, predict what life would be like in Paris in the year 2000 - and there are some fairly bizarre scenes. The year 2000 may have been and gone - but no one has yet invented a flying fireman, or started playing croquet underwater. And while Parisians haven't as yet replaced the fireplace in their homes with sticks of glowing radium, as one portrait shows, there are some portraits which aren't too far off the mark.
Whales facilitate underwater travel.
In an imaginative vision of the year 2000, Parisian artists pictured a future where its citizens would play underwater croquet.
A not-too-far off prediction of video chat.
Tennis is taken to new heights as future sportspersons take flight.
Parisians take in an afternoon on electric rollerskates.
Glowing sticks of radium warm the homes of future Parisians in the year 2000.
Meal time is a snap in the kitchens of the future.
Farm work is done with the flip of a switch.
A vision of what electric train travel would be in the dawn of the 21st century.
Machines enable future barbers the ability to multi-task.
Flying firefighters are able to battle fire like never before in artists' depictions of a future Paris.
An evening of music enjoyed without the hassles of hand cranking the phonograph.
An eccentric version of the early helicopter.
A future prediction of France's air force.
With all the changes, future residents still take in live shows in the year 2000.
Don't we just love our inventive Victorians?!