Friday, October 26, 2007

What We Are Coming To (1895)


This illustration by Grant E. Hamilton ran in the February 16, 1895 issue of Judge magazine and can be found in the book Out of Time by Norman Brosterman.

Population Close to 'Standing Room Only' (Chicago Tribune, 1899)
Collier's Illustrated Future of 2001 (1901)
Predictions of a 14-Year-Old (Milwaukee Excelsior, 1901)
No One Will Walk - All Will Have Wheels (Brown County Democrat, 1900)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Hamilton nailed Las Vegas!

--Bonnach

Steve Massey said...

Handy having a Brewery on top of your apartment building. I wonder if they have beer on tap?

Bob said...

Malls are heading this way already. There's already a pre-school and a college in the one I go to, and there's word that hotels will follow. Can apartments be far behind?

What could be more tantalizing to investors than a city where you cannot escape consumerism?

Robert Seddon said...

Hmm. The bank is rather a long way from most of the shops, someone built a school near the beer garden, and entering the police station from the outside appears to involve climbing onto the roof of the congressional building. So in urban planning terms it's quite believable.

Jicky said...

Wow, that's actually pretty good. A lot of Chinese and Indian cities look just like it.

The only thing Hamilton has super-wrong is the museum with a poster of what is presumably supposed to be an exceptionally fat person outside it - weighing 350lbs. Sheesh, you'd have to double that at least before anyone would raise an eyebrow in 2007. Probably triple it. Especially in Las Vegas.

Anonymous said...

I wish we were this efficient...

RaleighRob said...

Yet travel by horse & buggy is still the norm?

phonono said...

Yet travel by horse & buggy is still the norm?
Well, what with Peak Oil and all, horse & buggy, coupled with electric trams and coal-powered trains and hypertight cities might be in our not so far future...

Mathieu said...

I LOVE this image.