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Episode 22: What People in 1900 Thought 2000 Would Look Like

Join Frank, Meredith, and Emily as they discuss what artists in the early 1900s thought 2000 would look like, why NASA engineers started hanging out in comic book stores, and why naval commanders originally considered submarine warfare “ungentlemanly.”

Links and Additional Resources:

(scroll down to view a gallery of the postcards discussed in this episode)

What People in 1900 Thought the Year 2000 Would Look Like via The Washington Post

Time Spent in Home Production in the Twentieth-Century United States: New Estimates from Old Data by Valerie A Ramey via the Journal of Economic History

Civil War Ballooning via the Civil War Trust

Jean-Marc Côté’s Visions of the Year 2000 (1899)

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

Top 10 Most Famous Fires in History

List of Great Fires in History

Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000 by Isaac Asimov. We weren’t kidding. Used copies of this book are really going for $200+.