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Burglars of the Future (1910)

This illustration, from the September 10, 1910 New York Tribune, imagines the rooftop burglars of the future.

BURGLARS LEARN TO HANDLE THE AEROPLANE WITH PRECISION AND SILENCE: Our artist takes a look into the future and foresees the time when roofs must be secured as carefully as any other part of the home.


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Yeah, in 1910 were probably a lot of misconceptions about planes and the limits of their capabilities around, from that illustration you get the impression a plane is a noiseless hover vehicle.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarb

They where right!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnders

Their vision of dangers from airplanes to NYC skyscrapers wasn't quite correct, but the date on the newspaper (September 11) was ominously prescient.

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLurker

How many people have a house you can enter from the roof in the first place? It would be much easier to just climb onto the roof and then saw your way through.

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteryaos

I work as a locksmith in dudley, iv been to work at a house where burglars had waited on the roof for owners to leave and then entered by removing tiles and cutting through, scary really

May 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlocksmith-jim

Well I bet future cops can handle them with future weapons. Maybe, they can be better chased by future cars.

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWheel Alignment Equipment

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