What people in 1900 thought life would be like in the technological paradise of 2000

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).

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1900s postcards of what the year 2000 would look like
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1900s postcards of what the year 2000 would look like

Personal flying machines

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Movable sidewalks

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Moving an entire city block by rail

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

A live audiovisual broadcast of a theatre performance

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Weather-controlling machines

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

A hybrid railship

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Tourist submarines

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Weather-proof city roofing

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Personal airships

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Tourism at the North Pole

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

X-ray surveillance device

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

Strolling on a lake with the aid of balloons

(Photo by Hildebrands/Public Domain)

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