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19th Century French Artist Predicted The World In The Year 2000

A series of futuristic pictures has been issued in France in 1899, 1900 and 1910, mostly crafted by Jean-Marc Cote and other artists. These creative works were designed in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigar boxes, and later on they became post cards. The images depicted a rather futuristic world, which was imagined to be a far year of 2000.  As is so often the case their predictions fell some way off the mark, failing to go far enough in thinking outside the confines of their current technological milieu .

Nowadays there are around 87 cards known, authored by various French artists. The first series was published specially for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Unfortunately, due to the financial difficulties, cards crafted by Jean-Marc Cote were never distributed among people and came to light many years later thanks to the science fiction author Isaac Asimov, who published them in 1986 with  accompanying commentary, in the book Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.


source: mentalfloss

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