In the Year 2000, aka France in the Year 2000 (XXI century)

What follows is a selection of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté that were issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. They were originally produced in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes, and then later, as postcards. The images depicted the year 2000 as the artists imagined it would be.

In total there are at least 87 cards. They were authored by various French artists, with the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Due to financial difficulties the cards by Jean-Marc Côté were never actually distributed. Many years later the science-fiction author Isaac Asimov chanced upon a set and published them in 1986 in his book Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000.

"An Aerial Battle"

"Aero-Cab Station"

"The Stirrup-Cup"

"An Explorer"

"Aerial Fireman"

"Hunting by Air"

"In Pursuit of a Smuggler"

"The Rural Postman"

"A Rescue"

"The New-Fangled Barber"

"Divers on Horseback"

"Electric Scrubbing"

"A Very Busy Farmer"

"Fishing for Seagulls"

"Aviation Police"

"A Model Kitchen"

"Advance Sentinel in a Helicopter"

"Intensive Breeding"

"A Tailor of the Latest Fashion"

"The Little Eagle-Nest Robbers"

"A Race in the Pacific"

"A Well-Trained Orchestra"

"A House Rolling Through the Countryside"

"At School"

"A Monster of the Abyss"

"Madame at Her Toilette"


"A Torpedo Plane"

"A Croquet Party"

"A Whale-Bus"


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