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The Next Hundred Years (Milwaukee Herold und Seebote, 1901)

The Next Hundred Years (Milwaukee Herold und Seebote, 1901)

In 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr., author of many detective and mystery novels, wrote a piece for the December issue of Ladies Home Journal speculating about what the next hundred years held. Everything from weather control to pneumatic tube delivery to the science that will surely bring "strawberries as large as apples" were predicted.

According to the book Yesterday's Future: The Twentieth Century Begins the Watkins article was translated into German for the Milwaukee Herold und Seebote (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 1901.

Above is a scan of the front cover of the January 1, 1901 Milwaukee Herold und Seebote newspaper and below is the article by Watkins. Stay tuned for an English-language translation and analysis.

Update: You can read the English version from the Ladies’ Home Journal here.

Obtained by Matt Novak at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Obtained by Matt Novak at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Farm of the Future (1984)

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