France in the Year 2000, Imagined by Illustrators in 1900

Back in 1899-1901, French artists imagined what their nation might look like in another century. They tapped into their imaginations, drew their futuristic designs, then distributed them as paper cards enclosed in cigar boxes right around the time of the World’s Fair in Paris. The drawing above imagines the French classroom in the Year 2000. You can see an extensive collection of other designs– 23 images in total — at The Public Domain Review. And, be sure to support their important fundraising drive!

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