How did people see a bright future a hundred years ago? You can find out about this, among other things, thanks to the drawings of futurist artists. Today, the then ideas about aviation look very naive and cute. However, perhaps someday our descendants will also say about the current vision of, say, the space industry.
In 1899, a group of French artists tried to dream up what world aviation would look like in 100 years. The series of drawings was named "France in 2000". Initially, the illustrations were supposed to be pictures for cigarette packs. But then they decided to make just postcards out of them. Considering that aviation was just beginning to develop in 1900, artists were clearly in awe of this new technology. The French fly everything - from a postman and a taxi driver to a firefighter and a border guard.
These pictures were created for a series of chocolate packages over 100 years ago in Germany. They have individual vehicles with flap wings. There are also airships with passenger gondolas for mass transportation.
And here are the postcards dedicated to the future of Salzburg. Local artists believed that in 2000 the inhabitants of the city would fly on mechanical, foot-operated wings. Another curious feature of the postcards is the large number of airships. The postcard was created in 1900. Who would have thought then that the air helium giants would be pushed far into the background by nimble planes.
In 1914, the Einem confectionery ordered a series of pictures with steampunk Moscow (then it was definitely called differently, note Novate.ru). Look closely, there are fluttering trams!
Soviet artists have always stood out with a completely special view of the future. In such pictures they had cosmodromes right in the center of the city, regattas of space sailing ships and airships with a grid of aircraft engines.
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