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 Airships

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Personal Flying Machines

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Locomotive/Train Hybrid

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Moving Pavement

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Underwater Tourist Boats

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Summer Holidays to the North Pole

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Personal Airships

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Weather Control Machine

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Televised Broadcasts

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Moving Buildings by Train

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

A Stroll on the Water

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Roofed Cities

A Future of Petticoats and Personal Airships

Police Surveillance X-Ray Device