Past Visions of the Future

Something to tickle the creativity cells, especially for sci-if and steampunk writers 😂

Nicholas C. Rossis

How did our grandfathers imaging our present? Robert Langkjær-Bain of Fivemedia has an excellent article with some (often hilarious) illustrations answering that very question.

Flying Cars

With AirCar completing its first flight on June 28th, 2021, maybe we’re finally approaching the realization of that old dream: a flying personal means of transportation:

However, we’re already 11 years behind, if this postcard from 1882 is to be believed. Showing the skies above Paris in the year 2000, it imagines a world where everyone’s flying… even though the means of transportation seem rather unusual:

1882 postcard skies above Paris | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
Source: Fivemedia

Even postmen use a flying contraption to deliver the post in this 1899 illustration of a flying postman by French artist Jean-Marc Côté:

1882 postcard flight above Paris | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
Source: Fivemedia

Of course, the flying postman would presumably be delivering junk mail, since all important documents are now shared by email – a development not even the wildest 19th-century imagination could have…

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