22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

These amazing, almost 100-year old covers of the weekly French magazine Le Petite Journal are from the online collection of the french National Library. They show what were the most exciting innovations of the 1920s, and how people in Europe imagined the future of technology and science.

The locomotion of tomorrow

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Is this true?

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Experience artificial lightning

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


In the vast solitude

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Circuit de Touraine

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


A race between a fast train and a car

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Professor Piccard’s magnificent feat

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Amphibious tanks

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Eclipse

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Drama at the bottom of the sea

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


A fabulous vision

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Racing on Mount Revard

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The parachute world record

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Crossing the Sahara by automobile

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Under the sea

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The deadly work

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Work underwater

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Scaphander—a service of justice

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Between the sky and the street

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Carried away by a torpedo

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The heroism of a mechanic airman

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Surgeons for balloons

22 Incredible Images Show What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Image: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France