Late 19th century artists showcase how they envisioned the future of humanity in the year 2000

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Back in April, we talked about a bevy of drawings done by famous French illustrators that showcased how they envisioned the future 122 years ago, with nifty black-and-white depictions of airports, televisions, and even interplanetary communication. This time around we have come across another set of illustrations called En L’An 2000, and they are remarkably colored with some retro-futuristic flair. Originally conceived between 1899 and 1910 (initially for the Paris’ World Exhibition) mostly as postcards, the artworks were later discovered by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, and were subsequently published in his 1986 work of nonfiction Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000. Suffice it to say, they demonstrate how late 19th century artists envisaged the year of 2000 for the future of mankind.

Firefighters sans the jet-packs, take the aerial route –

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Cops chase a ‘high-flying’ smuggler –

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Automated grooming machines at the neighborly barber shop –

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Not quite a vacuum cleaner, but the idea is not bad –

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Chemistry meets culinary pursuits –

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A lady parlor with all the ‘bells-and-whistles’ –

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Audio books?!

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Mechanized breeding contraptions for poultry –

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Underwater Croquet match with enjoyed with diving paraphernalia –

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A Whale Bus? Doctor Who did this, but in space.

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Armored vehicles with machine guns –

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An RV, but with a much better view –

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Suits automatically tailored to precise specifications –

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Putting the human symphony out of employment –

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Robbing eagle nests, but with a bit of aerial style –

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A helicopter keeping a watch-out for prison escapes –

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All images are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Via: Slate

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