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(By Erin Kelly via All-that-is-interesting)

The ways we envision the future are contingent upon our present contexts. And in late 19th century France, an industrial boom had artists anticipating, well, playing croquet underwater.

At the cusp of the 20th century, Jean-Marc Côté and a few other visionary French artists began to speculate as to the coming century might have in store for them and their country. Côté and company mapped these speculations out in a series of drawings, which they would display at the World Exhibition in Paris.

Subsequent use as postcards and cigarette and cigar box inserts would increase the drawings' shelf life, though the prints were never commercially distributed. In fact, Isaac Asimov purchased the only known set of postcards for use in his nonfiction work Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.


1. A couple "listens" to the newspaper. (Wikimedia)

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2. The French envisioned that wheeled shoes coul make walking faster. (Wikimedia)


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3. Cars "battle" one another. (Wikimedia)

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4. A vison of a projection screen attached to a phonograph. (Wikimedia)

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5. A machine transcribes words and sends them out via courier. (Wikimedia)

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6. Children flying.  (Wikimedia)

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7. A machine does a woman's gussying up. (Wikimedia)

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8. A whale transports people underwater. (Wikimedia)

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9. Men and women play croquet underwater. (Wikimedia)

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10. People ride seahorses. (Wikimedia)


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11. People absorb information via electrical currents. (Wikimedia)

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12. Mobile homes. (Wikimedia)

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