Future Prediction Illustrations of the Year 2000 Created by People From 1900

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Personal flying machines.

Not just a funny sketch from the Conan O'Brien showIn the Year 2000 was also a clever marketing campaign by German chocolate brand Hildebrand's. Just in time for the turn of the 20th century, the chocolatier commissioned 12 postcards predicting what life would be like 100 years in the future.

Starting in January 1900, they placed a card in each box of chocolate with a fantastical prediction of what the future would hold. And they weren't the only company to think of such a stunt, similar illustrations were also commissioned in France for the World's Fair. Those futuristic illustrations were issued from 1899 to 1910, first as cards in cigarette boxes and then, later, as postcards. At least 87 cards from a variety of French artists were produced over time.

So, what seems downright foolish now and what actually isn't too far from the truth? It's surprising to see that in some respects, the artists weren't too far off—like moveable sidewalks or live performance streaming—while others provide a good chuckle. For instance, a roofed city may be a little impractical, and a “good weather” machine is something that would be especially useful right now, but still doesn't exist. What other predictions were these artists able to come up with as part of the clever marketing campaign?

In 1900, German chocolate brand Hildebrand's released 12 illustrations with funny—and sometimes accurate—future predictions in the year 2000.

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X-ray machines for police.

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Personal airships.

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Watching a live performance while not in the theater.

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Roofed city.

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Steam relocation of mobile houses.

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Underwater ships for tourists.

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Riding on water.

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Hybrid rail-water warship.

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Machine for creating good weather.

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Excursions to the North Pole.

Life in the Year 2000 - Future Predictions by Hildebrand's

Moveable sidewalk.

h/t: [Mashable]

All images via WikiCommons.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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