Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Days of Future Past

A look at today from the year 1900, from the Ladies Home Journal. Click to make readable.


Zimbel said...

The AĆ«rial War-Ships and Forts on Wheels section reminds me of Girl Genius.

athel said...

An interesting mixture of accurate predictions with complete fantasy and wishful thinking. On the whole I think John Elfreth Watkins Jr. did better than many similar prophets. Interesting too that these are the predictions (made by a man) that readers of the Ladies Home Journal were expected to find interesting.

Chris Phoenix said...

I'm astonished at how accurate a lot of these predictions are. Central heating and cooling; full-color pictures transmitted worldwide; cooking factories making pre-packaged meals. This is really worth reading in full.

I was amused, though, to see two prophecies that (in hindsight) obviously cancel each other.

"Children will ride in automobile sleighs in winter. Automobiles will have been substituted for every horse vehicle now known."

And, the very next prediction...

"A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling."

Anonymous Woman said...

i love stuff like this.

But 'How Children will be Taught' was oddly depressing to read.

2dogs said...

It appears that:

1. The predictions as to improved technological capability have been understated; and,

2. Predictions as to their impact have been overstated.

As such, I think Watkins was a good technologist but a lousy economist. I think there is a lesson there for today's prophets.

Nicole Jade said...

I can't wait for peas the size of beets. Not.