Views of the future from the past


Fascinating series of illustrations from about 1890’s; ‘France In The Year 2ooo’. The illustrators tried to imagine a century ahead — interesting how they could not see that social mores might change; our underwater siren has long skirts. And were apparently not able to understand the effects of underwater skirt-drifting and croquet-ball hitting.

There are a good number of these imagingings, just use Google/Bing images ‘France In The Year 2000’. Thus it is with sci-fi, imagining the future, we are always really stuck in our own time, especially in terms of social stuff.