Imagining The Future in 1910

A small collection of French illustrations imagining life and technology in the year 2000. I love this classroom where the teacher runs his books through a meatgrinder-looking machine and the knowledge flows right into the students' ears. The crank is priceless.

One thing that comes up all the time with futuristic art: the artists reimagine only one particular aspect of the contemporary society, the rest remaining weirdly the same. Take a look at the outfits, or the crank -- what, they wouldn't have electricity in the future? -- or the wires. You'll notice it in modern sci-fi films, too. In a 1980s flick, there are laser blasters and instant teleporters, but the phones would still have a dial.
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