Table of contents:
- 1. This artist believed that we can transport buildings and even entire cities using trains
- 2. Some dreamed that the whole city would be hidden under a huge roof
- 3. All the mistresses of the world dreamed of robotic assistants in cleaning premises
- 4. The dream of moving city sidewalks
- 5. This is how a futurist artist in 1920 imagined the housing of the future
- 6. Such mega-monuments should perpetuate the technological achievements of mankind
- 7. By 2500, the planet will have domed cities with an extensive network of monorail roads
It is always interesting to imagine what life will be like in 10, 50, 100, and sometimes even 1000 years. Despite the fact that science fiction writers and futurist artists sinned most of all with such images, in fact, many images have become the driving force for most cutting-edge technological developments. How did people see some aspects of their future life more than 100 years ago and did they all come true?
Exciting visions of the future from over 100 years ago.
How did people 100 or more years ago envision housing or a way of getting around? Judging by some of the predictions of the future, those who came up with this and drew it on paper were not very far from the truth and certainly not without imagination. Of course, not all fantasies came true even after a whole century, because the visions of some science fiction writers and futurists were hopelessly optimistic at best, and crazy at worst.
The authors of the Novate.Ru editorial staff managed to find 7 of the most interesting predictions, which at the beginning of the last century could be seen on the inserts of cigar or candy boxes and collectible postcards.
1. This artist believed that we can transport buildings and even entire cities using trains
The German cocoa and chocolate company Theodor Hildepand & Son, in addition to creating profiling products, has released a series of postcards for collectors with their vision of the future. In this particular example, the author and his clients dreamed that in the future it would be possible to move huge buildings and even entire cities. Moreover, they will be transported using giant platforms that can pull trains.
Despite the fact that they planned such transportation in 100 years (by 2000), the movement of multi-storey buildings began to actively occur already in the 30s of the last century. Only these were movements to close distances and still sporadic, to more favorable places in the city they had not yet learned how to transport, which is a pity. The only thing that can be moved over long distances using road, sea or rail transport is the collapsible structures of small houses.
2. Some dreamed that the whole city would be hidden under a huge roof
The same chocolate company predicted gigantic roofs to cover entire cities and towns. It was supposed to protect settlements from any precipitation and wind. And the most incredible thing is that the ancestors saw these roofs as not transparent, and in order to provide the population with light, they provided powerful lanterns and lamps. The only good thing is that the roof is domed and not right up to the ground, because otherwise it would be necessary to think over the ventilation system, otherwise the air quality would become quite terrible.
Cities haven't tried to cover them yet, but huge stadiums, water parks and market squares are safely hidden from rain and snow. Although who knows, in those days there were such settlements, the territory of which was much smaller than the gigantic areas of modern terminals at airports or exhibition pavilions.
3. All the mistresses of the world dreamed of robotic assistants in cleaning premises
At all times, people dreamed of robots that would help to do the most routine housework - cleaning. And the beginning of the last century was no exception. On collectible postcards and inserts for cigarette packs "En L'An 2000" French artists captured fantasies that became reality much faster. For a long time, robots are not just reliable helpers in everyday life, but also irreplaceable “employees in production”.
Reference:"En L'An 2000" is a French series of postcards / insert pictures depicting the scientific advances expected to be achieved by the year 2000. Manufacturers of consumer goods sinned with such visualized forecasts, while their vision of the progress that humanity will achieve was performed by artists; at the moment, at least 87 representatives of the creative profession are known to carry out such extraordinary orders.
4. The dream of moving city sidewalks
Another incredible prediction from the German company Theodor Hildepand & Son is self-propelled city sidewalks. In one of their unique postcards-predictions, they represented a world in which city residents will not waste their energy on moving around the settlement, they will only have to go to the sidewalk and it will deliver to the right place.
This dream was partially realized by modern engineers, designing huge areas of airports and other facilities where it is necessary to facilitate the movement of large numbers of people. Some air harbors have moving, stepless walkways that can take you to the most distant terminals. But, unfortunately, such inventions did not make it to city streets, although they would certainly unload crowded public transport and make life easier for modern people.
5. This is how a futurist artist in 1920 imagined the housing of the future
In this incredible piece, created in the distant 1920, the Austrian artist Frank Rudolph Paul shows what the home of an ordinary citizen will be like in 2000. There are a lot of small details in the image itself and it is difficult to determine everything to the smallest detail, but some of his predictions include: heated seats, backlit bookshelves, refrigerators in every room, electric pianos, electric ozonizers and deodorizers in every room, electric lighter for cigars / cigarettes, electric phonographs (apparatus for recording and reproducing sounds) and a radiotelephone, power windows and other super-convenient things in everyday life.
Looking at this picture, we can say with confidence that all dreams have come true. The only thing is that not all people on the planet can afford these benefits.
6. Such mega-monuments should perpetuate the technological achievements of mankind
Futurist artist Frank R. Paul and American inventor, writer and publisher of the world's first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback, have demonstrated a very extraordinary vision of the future. For some reason, they decided that in 2000 people would love electricity so much that they would want to capture their admiration and reverence in huge monuments. In 1922, they came up with a joint concept, according to which grateful descendants will build a grandiose 305 meter monument dedicated to … electricity.
Well, this idea is justified, because at the beginning of the last century, thanks to electricity, an unprecedented technological growth began, affecting all facets of human society. Therefore, they decided that such perpetuation would become an informative message to future generations, suddenly our civilization would die for some reason.
7. By 2500, the planet will have domed cities with an extensive network of monorail roads
And finally, in this vision of 2500, the artists as early as the 1920s. of the last century depicted London under transparent giant domes and monorail highways in several levels. It was this image that was created as an advertisement for Gery cigarettes and offers a rather interesting vision of the future, which is very reminiscent of modern science fiction films. In addition to the unusual even for us aerodynamic transport and the ubiquitous closed passages between buildings at great heights, the creators even foresaw changes in the spelling of words such as "Tranzit" (Transit), "Sayle" (Sale), and "Gluv" (Glove).
Only our descendants in 380 years will be able to know whether such a prediction will come true.And we can only guess how accurate it will be.
Man is a noble dreamer and dreamer, and this is the most effective driving force, thanks to which society has reached such heights in all branches of science and technology. For more than a decade, people have dreamed of not only fully exploring space distances, but also living in them.