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Author Topic: Century-old French Postcards Depict Life in the 21st Century.  (Read 1426 times)
Zeppelin Captain

« on: June 01, 2014, 08:27:32 pm »
It's uncanny; they predicted our era perfectly.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2014, 09:26:13 pm by RJBowman » Logged
Snr. Officer
France France

« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 09:06:22 pm »

It's uncanny; they predicted our era perfectly.

Wired used to be quite a good magazine. What happened? That selection of postcards was mediocre at the best, but the commentary was abysmal!

And who on earth is Ed Fries? Should I have heard of him? Is he an renowned academic, futurologist, philosopher? Ah, no, just somebody who ran an obscure division of Microsoft for a few years.


United States United States

« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 05:09:41 am »

I always thought of Wired as what happened to Communications majors who couldn't find jobs...Wink still, there used to be a retro-future site out there that beat this all hollow...Wink All I remember was that it was broken out by decade (i.e., the 20s, 30s, etc)
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 06:46:01 pm »

That's a well-known set of postcards.  They're on Wikimedia Commons.

Paul Huxley
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 10:18:11 am »

Thanks for that link oldskoolpunk, that whale bus is excellent.
Camellia Wingnut
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United States Minor Outlying Islands United States Minor Outlying Islands

Take my camel, dear. . . .

« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2014, 09:20:57 am »

My Dears,
Uncanny! In Honolulu, we do have whale buses. Note the tail on the roof. . .
They are Japanese buses, and there are several in different colours.

Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Camellia, climbing down from that animal on her return from high mass. The camel, a white Arabian Dhalur (single hump) from the famous herd of the Ruola tribe, had been a parting present, its saddle-bags stuffed with low-carat [sic] gold and flashy orient gems, from a rich desert tycoon. . . .
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