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!

Relat­ed Con­tent:

1930s Fash­ion Design­ers Imag­ine How Peo­ple Would Dress in the Year 2000

Arthur C. Clarke Pre­dicts the Future in 1964 … And Kind of Nails It

The World’s First Mobile Phone (1922)

The Weird World of Vin­tage Sports


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