Whimsical illustrations by French artist Jean-Marc Côté and his colleagues that attempted to predict what the world would look like in the year 2000. The series of futuristic pictures were issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, originally in the form of cigarette/cigar box inserts and, later, as postcards. As is so often the case, their forecasts didn't pan out. We don't have firemen putting out fires in winged suits or people riding in whale buses. Some illustrations came close such as the electric floor scrubber and the sentinel in a helicopter but despite these fantastical drawings, the artists seem to have missed space travel.
There are at least 87 known cards that were authored by various French artists, with the first series produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, but Jean-Marc Côté never distributed them due to financial difficulties. The cards only came to light after the science-fiction author Isaac Asimov came across them, miraculously preserved, in 1985 and published a book entitled Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.
|The New-Fangled Barber|
|A Tailor of the Latest Fashion|
|A Very Busy Farmer|
|The Rural Postman|
|A Model Kitchen|
|Madame at Her Toilette|
|A House Rolling Through the Countryside|
|Advance Sentinel in a Helicopter|