Buses with whales, flying postmen and a Matrix-style knowledge machine that feeds books directly into children's brains: crazy visions of life in the 21st century are revealed in a remarkable series of drawings from 1899
- Drawings in 1899 predict a future with flying cars & children connected to a book feeding machine
- The illustrations produced by a group of French artists for the Paris exhibition of 1900 called & # 39; And L & # 39; An 2000 & # 39;
- The collection of 78 drawings came for sale from a private collector with auction house Hansons
A rare collection of French illustrations from 1899 has been excavated with surrealistic visions of the future – including underwater buses and flying firefighters.
The fascinating treasure of 87 colorful sketches was accidentally discovered in a cardboard box and contains bizarre predictions for the year 2000 by Parisian artists.
They include sea-sea buses powered by a giant fish, flying firefighters with wings tackling fire from the air, fish racing and aerocabines that fly people around a city.
But while many of the designs are comical in nature, others accurately predict scientific progress and inventions, such as helicopters.
The fascinating cutie of 87 sketches was accidentally discovered in a cardboard box and contains this prediction that whales would transport people
Jim Spencer, from Hansons Auctioneers, with examples of artworks created for & # 39; And L & # 39; An 2000 & # 39; to illustrate the future for a World Exhibition in Paris in 1900
The Parisian artists also thought that hunters could use wings to hunt birds, rather than on foot
In addition to the whales that people drag under water and the hunters who shoot around birds, the artists also thought that we would have several flying machines that take us to places (photo)
Under the sea: In this sketch several people can ride large fish in a race. Spectators can be seen cheering in the underwater spectacle
Although many of the designs are comical in nature, others accurately predict scientific progress and inventions, such as helicopters (photo)
The first practical helicopter in the world did not air until 1939 – 40 years after the illustrations were made.
The 120-year-old collection called & # 39; En L & # 39; An 2000 & # 39; is now ready to go under the hammer at Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, where they could get hundreds of pounds.
Experts say that they are not only extremely rare, but that this is the first time that an original set is offered for sale.
Jim Spencer from Hansons Auctioneers said: I went through a box full of old photos in the salons room of Hansons at Derby and saw these vivid prints with surrealistic visions of the future.
& # 39; I was immediately captivated. I was even more surprised when I went to investigate them and realized their scarcity.
& # 39; The series is called & # 39; And L & # 39; An 2000 & # 39; (in 2000). A number of French artists, including Jean-Marc Cote, were asked to illustrate the future for a World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 and the original set was published in 1899.
& # 39; They were intended for inclusion in cigar / cigarette boxes, but were never distributed due to financial problems.
& # 39; A few more designs have been added – there are a total of 87 – and later postcards, but again not distributed.
A number of images indicate that the artists from 1899 thought that we would live or explore a lot under water (photo)
A variety of illustrations, including underwater exploration, people playing croquet under water and police officers on motorbikes
A number of people play a charming game of croquet under water while wearing some advanced breathing equipment
A huge combat glimpse that shoots at a target. The 120-year-old collection called & # 39; En L & # 39; An 2000 & # 39; is now set to go under the hammer at Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, where they could get hundreds of pounds
& # 39; They were completely lost in history until the 1980s, when science fiction author Isaac Asimov encountered a series of postcards and encountered them in his book Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.
& # 39; The set I dug up contains French titles printed chromolithographically on eight uncut stock cards / press sheets, and a total of 78 individual designs.
& # 39; This must be from the very beginning of the story, published around 1899 for the World Exhibition and never released.
& # 39; I think this is the first time that an original set has ever been offered for sale.
& # 39; I have no idea how the market will respond to such a thing, but they deserve to be fired away. This is really an important piece of retro-futurism.
& # 39; I manage the set of prints at £ 300-500, but it will be exciting to see what happens. & # 39;
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