2 November 2008

"je vois le futur": 1910 sees 2000

These are few of a collection of prints I found on the website for the National Library of France (BnF), depicting the year 2000. They were actually created in 1910 and are attributed to Villemard, and are thought to have been distributed as novelty postcards with consumable goods. I thought I would share them for their sheer delightful nature, many of the prints in concept are scarily close to what we do actually have today. I just wish that men's fashion of today was closer to what was envisioned in these...

Speaking to the Caretaker

Correspondence Cinema
At School
Cyclist Scouts
A Chemical Dinner
Lady In Her Bathroom
The Barber
Phonographic Message
Car Shoes
The Electric Train from Paris to Beijing

15 comments:

  1. OMG ... these prints are awesome :)

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  2. Some of these were pretty perceptive.

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  3. oh what a bathroom ♥

    love the song.

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  4. Oooh...but check out the Chinese guy helping the man with his bags.... political undertones? They are lovely illustrations though...

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  5. visual delights!!! The classroom is quite creepy... I hate school in general ;)

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  6. Hahaha, this is hilarious!

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  7. The illustrations are pretty close to nowadays living lol amazing

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  8. aw...I love these..sure wish someone would work on those car shoes.

    thanks so much for the comment. hope you are having an enjoyable weekend. its just hard to believe you're just 18. so full of wisdom.

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  9. Great prints.
    And man, oh man. I spent quite a while bejeweling my costume, so I'm glad the final product turned out so well :)

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  10. awesome prints! and i love that song :)

    xoxo,
    La C

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  11. awesome prints! and i love that song :)

    xoxo,
    La C

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  12. Agreed, I wish men's looks were more like these! I love the images. Thanks very much for posting them.

    But oh, that poor man who fell down while wearing the car shoes!

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  13. These images are awesome...love the classroom one :-)

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  14. i need me some car shoes, but i would be a little scared wearing them in midtown manhattan.

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  15. somehow they are quite comical and tragic at the same time.

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