Year 1900 split. A watershed between the past and the future, the passage from one era to another. Transport, Energy, Work, Costumes and entertainment. Everything would have changed. A generation of men with a great hunger for renewal would have made history in a few years, but it was still not enough: the gaze, dreamy and intrepid, went even further.
In 1900, the German chocolate company Hildebrands produced a whole series of postcards imagining the wonders of life in the 2000s.
The "renderings", we can say, were at least optimistic and a little naive. Friends of the twentieth century imagined people dressed in Victorian fashion (evidently considered timeless) still in the 900s. People enjoying unlimited lives of leisure and comfort, enabled by a century of technological progress.
Le planned innovations they were of all sorts. Some, I must say, quite accurate (live broadcasts of theatrical performances). Others were absurd (cities covered with weatherproof glass roofs). There was also some prediction with depressing implications when viewed from the current perspective (summer holidays at the North Pole).
Here are some of these postcards that showed the wonders of the 2000s “in advance” to the curious readers of the 1900s.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.