17 Crazy Illustrations That Show How People Imagined the Future 100 Years Ago

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The future has fascinated people in all periods of history. This is why we always dream of creating a time-travel machine. But we don’t have one now so all we can do is use our imagination. The artists of the past also tried to imagine what the world would look like in the future. They managed to foresee some of the changes, but some have clearly missed the mark.

We at Bright Side can’t travel to the future but we traveled to the past to see how the artists of that time imagined the future.

A sound letter — in the past, people already realized how many of us would love sending audio messages.

A woman having her hair done by multiple robots

Boots for traveling around the city fast. Today, we use scooters and hoverboards!

Our ancestors thought we would use radium to heat our homes.

This is probably the prototype of a skyscraper.

A sky bus in Bordeaux, France

An electric Paris train in Beijing

This picture, “Mountain air cure” shows an airship flying over the mountains with people who have health troubles. No, we still haven’t created such a thing...

Maybe one day we’ll see fish-riding in the Olympic games. But definitely not in this century!

“Listening to a newspaper” is probably the idea for a radio!

It’s great that the hunters of today don’t have such things.

We already have robot vacuum cleaners!

There are a lot of automated things in construction sites, but not quite to this extent.

This is an unusual house on wheels!

The artist created wings for this postman but didn’t know people would stop sending paper letters one day.

Underwater fishing is a strange way to spend your free time so we don’t do it.

A robot that makes clothes specifically for every person. Well, considering how many sizes there are nowadays, the idea is not so far from reality.

Which of these pictures seemed the most incredible? Tell us your thoughts down below!

Preview photo credit Villemard / commons.wikimedia


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Vintage things/people always fascinate me. Every single time. Nice list! ♥️


Some of the illustrations are surprisingly accurate, wow! :D


And I still prefect traditional messages over the sound messages! I'm so lazy to listen to them ?


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