Hildebrands postcard campaign from circa 1900
Hildebrands a leading German chocolate manufacturer at the time created a series of postcards that depicted how people will live in the year 2000. The 1900's is when Jules Verne published his famous books about the future, so people must have been fantasising about the future a lot. Let's see how correct they were. Clothing and social occasions are totally off but the concepts did come true.
The images originally appeared on cardmine, but now seem to be gone.
A quick stroll on the water. We don't have anything to do with balloons, but sure do have dozens of ways to enjoy water on different devices.
Combined ship and railway locomotive. We don't have this, but we do have land water cars and buses mostly used for entertainment.
House moving by train. This became a reality, but for smaller houses and usually moved by trucks.
Personal flying machines. We certainly have hot-air balloons and many other ways to conquer the sky.
Police X-Ray surveillance machine. We do have many different kinds of spy technologies mostly based on infrared.
Roofed Cities. We do have them, we just call them Malls.
Summer holidays at the North Pole. You can certainly visit the arctic region with one of the huge cruise ships.
Televised outside broadcasting. Hell yeah, in all forms and shapes.
The moving pavement. We do have them on Airports only.
Undersea tourist boats. Not very common, but one can ride a submarine if he really wants to.
Weather control machine. This is something we haven't yet fully managed to do, but China has done many experiments inducing rains.
Now let's look at how we portray the future today.