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"In the Year 2000…"

My friend Fipi Lele has provided me with a scan of old German postcards with illustrations depicting what life would be like in the year 2000. I posted one of them below — “Theatre in the Year 2000”:

German postcard depicting theatre in the year 2000.
Click the photo to see all the postcards.

Note how practically everyone in the audience is on the phone, which is pretty much what the movie-watching experience in 2000 was like. It’s eerily prescient.

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Even back then, they assumed that we would have flying cars in the year 2000 (see the seventh postcard). What gives?

Any idea how old these postcards are, Joey?

(My fav is the last one, in which the city has a roof over it to keep out the rain and snow.)

Note also how all the women have unfeasibly small waists. How could they have known that corsets would still be in fashion in certain circles. 😉

I love that everyone is wearing the same fashions 100 years later. I guess they figured they’d never go out of style.

Well according to this site, they’re from the year 1895-99. Unfortunately the exhibition where these pictures were found doesn’t seem to have its website anymore, at least I can’t get there. It was called “Turns of the Century” and ran at the “Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe“.

Thanks for these scans. I hope it’s okay to use them in school? I’d like to use them for history lessons.

It should be okay to use these scans for just about any purpose, as they predate copyright laws. Enjoy!

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