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What of the Horse a Hundred Years Hence? (1890)

People of the year 2000, amazed at the sight of a horse. (French postcard circa 1910)

At the turn of the 20th century we saw a lot of speculation that, thanks to the automobile, the horse could very well be extinct by the year 2000. The excerpt below comes from the October 19, 1890 Chillicothe Constitution (Chillicothe, MO).

As one watches an electric motor, does he wonder whether a hundred years hence a horse will not be as rare as a camel or an elephant is to-day?

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Some historical horse population data, showing a definite, presumably auto-related decline in the early part of the 20th century, but a rebound since.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNemo

And while the man in the yellow hat watches the show, Curious George goes on a terrible rampage... because in the future, Curious George will be a robot monkey with the annoyingness of a thousand regular monkeys.

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKibo

Show us this "the horse", that we may marvel at the sight of it!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeramy Bailey

Not cool, dude.

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeramy Bailey

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