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Welcome to the Paleofuture blog, where we explore past visions of the future. From flying cars and jetpacks to utopias and dystopias.

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

The National Library of France (BnF) has an amazing collection of prints from 1910 which depict life in the year 2000. They are credited to Villemard.

There's speculation that they were included with "foodstuffs" of the era, much like the German postcards we looked at back in April.

Car Shoes

Car Shoes

The Barber

The Barber

The Avenue of the Opera

The Avenue of the Opera

I wonder if the "curiosity" referred to is the horse as an uncommon means of transportation, or the extinction of all animals as referenced in the 1900 Ladies' Home Journal article we looked at a while back.

A Curiosity

A Curiosity

The Electric Train From Paris to Beijing

The Electric Train From Paris to Beijing

A Rescue

A Rescue

This image clearly takes its inspiration from another French futurist, Albert Robida, and his book The Twentieth Century.

Speak to the Caretaker

Speak to the Caretaker

Sentinel Advanced in the Helicopter

Sentinel Advanced in the Helicopter

Cyclist Scouts

Cyclist Scouts

Phonographic Message

Phonographic Message

One For the Road

One For the Road

Lady in Her Bathroom

Lady in Her Bathroom

Heating With Radium

Heating With Radium

Hearing the Newspaper

Hearing the Newspaper

Correspondence Cinema

Correspondence Cinema

Cars of War

Cars of War

Building Site

Building Site

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A Festival of Flowers

A Festival of Flowers

It's amazing how long the idea of synthetic food has been with us. Before starting this blog I had assumed that the idea started with the Jetsons.

A Chemical Dinner

A Chemical Dinner

Airship on the Long Course

Airship on the Long Course

A Tailor

A Tailor

The Flying Police

The Flying Police

Closer Than We Think! Magic Beam Highway (1961)

Closer Than We Think! Magic Beam Highway (1961)

Yet Another Flying Car Company