If you asked me back in the year 2000, what 2012 was going to be like, I'm not sure I could have gave you a good answer. So you could imagine how wrong people back in 1899 were about the year 2000. They thought there were going to be flying firemen!
It's funny to see people's vision of the future mostly because it's ridiculous but also because it's constrained by the reality of their present. People in 1899 didn't know that touch screens and tablets would be a thing, the just imagined more complicated and automated versions of what they already had. They weren't completely wrong though, they knew we would figure out a way to find an electric floor scrubber and invent awesome bathtubs.