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Future-Predicting Postcards From Around 1900

Not so many years ago, ideas like flying machines (planes) or broadcasting of moving pictures (television), seemed to be just some weird and hardly possible future predictions by science-fiction lovers.

People were always fascinated about the future, so they’ve tried to picture all those cool inventions the future is about to bring. Jules Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel in the late 19th-century before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. Not to mention Leonardo Da Vinci who has conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power and a calculator in c. 1500.

Every generation has it’s own image of the future world, and the best part is of course seeing it come true. That’s why we want to show you a collection of future-predicting postcards made around 1900 by Hildebrands company, a leading German chocolate manufacturer. These lovely drawings depicted how people will live in the year 2000. They probably failed at predicting the fashion trends, but let’s see how accurate they were in predicting the technology.

Broadcasting

Needless to say, we have TV and Radio everywhere, even in our cell phones.

A Quick Stroll On The Water

We probably don’t use balloons, but sure we do have water skis, and water motorcycles.

House Moving By Train

There are over 35,000 trailer parks in the United States ranging in size from 5 to over 1,000 home sites. [1]

Personal Flying Machines

We already have a commercial Jetpack sold for $75000.[2]

Personal Airships

Combined Ship And Railway Locomotive

Probably constructing a railway on the bottom of the sea isn’t such a great idea after all, but we do have amphibious vehicles.

Police X-Ray Surveillance Machine

We have surveillance cameras everywhere.

Weather Control Machine

It has been already shown to be possible at some degree by Russians and Chinese, but this might be more like the prediction of 2100.

Summer Holidays At The North Pole

Definitely possible if you have some extra money.

The Moving Pavement

These are mainly used in airports, but also can be seen in some zoos and museums.

Roofed Cities

Not really sure about this one, but I believe this could be compared to our malls.

Undersea Tourist Boats

We have pretty advanced tourist submarines available for paying passengers.

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