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.
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
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