En L’An 2000 was a series of images created between 1899 and 1910 that imagined Parisian life in the 21st century. They were originally intended for the World’s Fair and to go into cigarette packs and cigar boxes. Some postcards were even created.
It is believed that none of the cards were ever distributed, however, and the only known surviving prints were discovered by sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov in 1986. He used them in a non-fiction book called Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.
51 of the 87 known works can be found on Wikimedia Commons. Let’s dig through most of them here and go on a magical journey to the year 2000:
It’s a lot like now, but everything will involve flight…
…like the bus. The bus will fly, of course.
It only makes sense that you would take that flying bus to the museum. Hey, maybe the museum will look like a giant glass pyramid… Nah, that’d be crazy.
Maybe you grab a drink along the way, if you’re driving yourself…
…or maybe you’re coming to Paris from out of town.
In that case, you’ll need a cab.
Oh, and you’ll arrive at your hotel via the roof.
Paris isn’t all fun and games, though. Danger is always lurking….