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In 1900 This Is What They Thought The Year 2000 Would Be Like

Personal flying machines.

In 1900, German chocolate company Hildebrands produced a series of postcards imagining the wonders of life in the year 2000.

The optimistic renderings envisioned people in Victorian fashions enjoying lives of boundless leisure and comfort enabled by a century of technological advancement.

The predicted innovations range from accurate (live broadcasts of plays) to absurd (cities covered by weather-proof glass roofs) to depressingly plausible in the near future (summer holidays at the North Pole).

Movable pavements.

Moving a city by rail.

A live audiovisual broadcast of a theatre performance.

Weather-controlling machines.

A hybrid railship.

Tourist submarines.

Weather-proof city roofing.

Personal airships.

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