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Evening Fashions of the Year 1952 (1883)

This illustration is from a beautiful 1981 edition of the 1883 Albert Robida book Le vingtième siècle. La vie électrique. The edition I've linked to is in French and doesn't include any color pictures such as the one above. For an English translation check out The Twentieth Century (Early Classics of Science Fiction), but again, the illustrations are in black and white.

See also:
Going to the Opera in the Year 2000 (1882)


Railroads on Parade (1939)

The play Railroads on Parade was featured at the 1939/40 New York World's Fair. It told the story of railroad transportation progress from the 1820s until 1939, and into the future. The photo below depicts a "woman of the future" from the cast and can be found in the book Dawn of a New Day, published in 1980.

See also:
All's Fair at the Fair (1938)
Memory of 'Tomorrow' (New York Times, 1941)
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)
Metal Man Comes to Life (1939)


Closer Than We Think! Throw-Away Clothes (1959)

Apparently the ability to throw away your clothes is worthy of more attention than the commuter helicopters everyone's flying around in the future.

This strip ran in the October 25, 1959 Chicago Tribune.

Do your clothes need to be cleaned or washed? Are you tired of the old patterns or colors? In the future, if your answer to any of these questions is yes, you'll simply throw the old clothes away - and maybe kindle a camp fire with them.

Much of tomorrow's wearing apparel may be made out of treated paper, intended for use a few times, then for discard. The Quartermaster Corps is already investigating the use of such processed paper for parachutes, disposable uniforms, pup tents, and other shelters. It wears well, and its insulating qualities make it usable in all kinds of weather.

See also:
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Closer Than We Think! Monoline Express
Closer Than We Think! Lunar Mailbag (1960)
Closer Than We Think! Polar City (1959)
Closer Than We Think! Fish Bowl Swimming Pool (1958)
Miss A.D. 2000 (Chicago Tribune, 1952)
Envision Odd Styles in 1950 (Hammond Times, 1939)
Commuter Helicopter (1947)


1999 A.D. Intro (1967)

In the future, kids will be so dumb that they'll forget the year (and spooky music will swell on cue).

How does the computer know everything? I mean like how . . . I mean like, how many times to exercise and all?

You can find 1999 A.D. on the DVD Yesterday's Tomorrows Today, released by A/V Geeks.


See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
Online Shopping (1967)
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)


Waitress of the Year 2000 (1939)

The photo below ran in the May 7, 1939 Chicago Daily Tribune.

What the waitress of the year 2000 may wear. Marjorie Hannon, W-G-N actress, models this costume, designed by the National Restaurant association for exhibit during Restaurant week, May 8 to 14. That metallic hair ribbon is an antenna for ultra shortwave radio which brings patrons' orders directly to tiny earphones concealed beneath her uniform. Pockets contain condiments for those who have time to eat a leisurely meal; concentrated capsules for those who haven't. Asbestos gloves prevent burns from hot plates.

See also:
Miss A.D. 2000 (Chicago Tribune, 1952)


Envision Odd Styles in 1950 (Hammond Times, 1939)

The June 9, 1939 Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana) ran a story titled, "Envision Odd Styles in 1950." Below is the article in its entirety.

Harvey T. Noyes, self-styled "man of 1950," publicly wears definitely futuristic clothes which he confidently predicts will be all the rage among men-about-town 11 years hence.

His ultra modern wardrobe was handsewn by his bride, who followed his instruction in designing clothes primarily for masculine comfort.

"There are too many pockets, buttons and creases in the clothes men wear now," said Noyes.

The outfit which created a sensation when he first wore it downtown comprised a wine-red satin blouse, a red corded silk ankle-length cape lined white green taffeta and caught at the throat with a red band, trousers that smacked of the medieval "tights" era and soft leather shoes with one lace which ties across the top.

His appearance, conservatively expressed, is colorful as he wanders through the shopping district doing errands for his wife.

"People laugh at me," he said. "But that doesn't bother me, because I feel just as much at home in my new outfit as I did in my other clothes."

Mrs. Noyes now is completing a wardrobe for herself. It is fashioned on the same futuristic principles.

See also:
Miss A.D. 2000 (Chicago Tribune, 1952)
The New Christy Minstrels (1966)


Miss A.D. 2000 (Chicago Tribune, 1952)

While browsing the Chicago Tribune archives this past weekend I came across this feature from May 4, 1952. It highlights fashion designs from Jacques Heim, Marcel Rochas, Madame Carven and Jacques Griffe.

"What will women wear in the year 2000? A photographer put the question to leading Paris couturiers, who took the wraps off their imaginations and produced these forecasts of future fashions."

My favorite vision of what we'd be wearing in the year 2000 is probably that of Marcel Rochas, whose clothes are pictured in the image below.

"Marcel Rochas envisions a spiral antenna headdress for thought transference; sunglass-shaped eye make-up; costume reminiscent of ancient armor; floating veils, and sandals of panther skin."