The year 2000 imagined in 1900 | El año 2000 imaginado en 1900

A series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté, Villemard and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards set of postcards En L’An 2000, 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. Due to financial difficulties the cards were never distributed and only came to light many years later after Isaac Asimov published them in 1986 in the book Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.

Source: The Public Domain Review

Schools will be equipped with audio books.
Las escuelas estarán equipadas con audio-libros.

In the 21st century, in order to control traffic jams in the air,
there will be more and more flying policemen.

Firemen will be equipped with “bat wings” to be able to easily access top floors and roofs.

Just one for the road…

Wars will be fought by “combat cars”.

Horses will be so rare that people will pay to see them.

You’ll be able to send mail just by dictating it into loudspeaker.

Heating with Radium.

Building sites will be equipped with automatic devices and machines.

Makeup will be applied just by pressing few buttons.

Hair salon.

Electric train from Paris to Beijing.

Rescue plane.


Airship. Literally.

Motorized roller skates.


Police will use armored bicycles (motorcycles?) to chase down criminals.

Listening to an audio-newspaper.

Spy helicopters.

The avenue of the Opera, Paris. Year 2000.


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