While steampunkers imagine that Edwardian technology could achieve improbable feats, Edwardians themselves often did the same. These turn of the century postcards depict a glorious future where phenomenal technologies are powered by electricity and steam.

"In Jahre 2000," a series of postcards curiously released by Hildebrands, a German chocolate company, around 1900, posit a wide range of technological and cultural changes, from moving sidewalks and televised broadcasts to personal flying devices and weather control machines. What's perhaps most fascinating is that the artist who created these images conceived of advanced technologies but not changing aesthetics. The fashions of 2000 are utterly the same as those from 1900 and machines like the weather control machine and the combination boat and train look like mutant versions of the series' contemporary technology. But perhaps it was Hildebrands' intention to let their clients imagine themselves in such a marvelous and far-flung future.

[Paleo-Future via Morlet's Blog]

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Personal Flying Machines

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Locomotive/Train Hybrid

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Moving Pavement

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Underwater Tourist Boats

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Summer Holidays to the North Pole

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Personal Airships

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Weather Control Machine

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Televised Broadcasts

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Moving Buildings by Train

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

A Stroll on the Water

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Roofed Cities

A Future of Petticoats and Personal AirshipsS

Police Surveillance X-Ray Device