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A vision of leaving the opera in the year 2000 - a print created in 1882 by the French illustrator, caricaturist, novelist, and all around futurologist, Albert Robida.

How illuminating: This scene, Un Palais oceanien, shows a futuristic exploration of the un...

How illuminating: This scene, Un Palais oceanien, shows a futuristic exploration of the un.

Drained rivers, nuclear-proof cities, and other retro-futuristic visions of New York | The Verge

We're used to seeing the Statue of Liberty get trashed in speculative fiction, but this strange cartoon from Harper's Weekly on May 1887 turned Lady Liberty into a dystopian, Castle Greyskull-style train station.

Voila! Artists seem to have predicted the voicemail. A Missive phonographique - or futuristic recorded message, is brought on a tray by a servant (pictured). Today the service comes neatly built in to most phones

Postcards show how 19th century artists predicted 21st century gadgets

Artists seem to have predicted the voicemail. A Missive phonographique - or futuristic recorded message, is brought on a tray by a servant (pictured). Today the service comes neatly built in to most phones

Can it be Done? Scoops magazine UK (1934/1935). https://www.google.co.uk/search?biw=1366&bih=622&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9aL5VNWdE8SBUbivhPgH&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&q=Can+it+be+Done%3F+Scoops+magazine+UK+(1934+-+1935)

Trial balloon for a "Car Phone" that one could plug into posts spaced along country roads to make calls.

Music to our ears: The mechanical forerunner to the iPod - an automated orchestra, is pictured. Automatons and music boxes were popular in the 19th century, but a system to provide enough volume for a theatre (pictured) was a dream

Postcards show how 19th century artists predicted 21st century gadgets

Music to our ears: The mechanical forerunner to the iPod - an automated orchestra, is pictured. Automatons and music boxes were popular in the century, but a system to provide enough volume for a theatre (pictured) was a dream

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Como o ano 2000 era imaginado em 1910 (The way people in 1910 imagined the year 2000 would be)

A 19th-century vision of leaving the opera in the year 2000 - a print created in 1882 by the French illustrator, caricaturist, novelist, and all around futurologist, Albert Robida.

A vision of leaving the opera in the year 2000 - a print created in 1882 by the French illustrator, caricaturist, novelist, and all around futurologist, Albert Robida.

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