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

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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.

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The locomotion of tomorrow

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Is this true?

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Experience artificial lightning

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In the vast solitude

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Circuit de Touraine

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A race between a fast train and a car

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Professor Piccard’s magnificent feat

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Amphibious tanks

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Eclipse

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Drama at the bottom of the sea

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A fabulous vision

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Racing on Mount Revard

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The parachute world record

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Crossing the Sahara by automobile

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Under the sea

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The deadly work

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Work underwater

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Scaphander—a service of justice

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Between the sky and the street

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Carried away by a torpedo

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The heroism of a mechanic airman

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Surgeons for balloons

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Seeing him walking up there without safety harnesses makes me cringe. Is this trying to say that in the future we'd be invincible?