The Future That Never Was

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The Future That Never Was

I always enjoyed the illustrations of future worlds while perusing my father’s collection of vintage Popular Science & Mechanics magazines. The best ones were from the 1950s and talked about how, in the future, there were going to be flying cars, we’d have colonies on the moon, and so on. I recently stumbled upon a blog called Paleo-Future. Not only does the author show how people imagined the future to be in the ’50s but he also covers a huge span of decades – from the 1880s to the 1990s. It’s interesting to see what people imagine when they don’t consider the limitations of current technology.Here’s a nice collection of prints from France circa 1910. What will our world be like in the year 3000? And when will people resume thinking up wacky ideas like "car shoes"?-Michael