Friday, June 29, 2007

Futuristic Air Travel (circa 1900)

This painting by Harry Grant Dart is one of my favorite images of the paleo-future. According to the Library of Congress it was used as the cover for an issue of All Story magazine between 1900 and 1910.

The most revolutionary aspect of this image may be the depiction of a woman at the wheel. Women couldn't even vote in the United States until the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920.

You may recall that I created some wallpapers last week using this image, among others, which can be found here.

See also:
Paleo-Future Wallpaper
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900)
Predictions of a 14-Year-Old (Milwaukee Excelsior, 1901)
What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years (Ladies Home Journal, 1900)


Salo said...

Would it be polite to ask you post that cover again with higher resolution? It would be grand to play with it a bit, the wallpaper is nice but doesn't have the balloon itself in the picture.

You would have one very grateful reader, if you would. Please?

Anonymous said...

Follow the Library of Congress link. You can download the source file from there.

Unknown said...

Is it supposed to be a balloon? From the bits of blue sky you can see through it, it looks like it's intended to be a heavier-than-air craft.

Unknown said...

...Mind you, in that case the lack of landing gear and the presence of what looks like a mooring cable are a bit mysterious.

Beautiful picture, though.

Anonymous said...

I love this image so much it's my current background. It's just so... Diamond Age-ish in it's futuristic Victorian sensibilities. Not to mention that book made liberal use of Airships and other aerostats.

Anonymous said...

At the moment, I have this image as wallpaper. I love it. Thank you.

bioephemera said...

It really is a wonderful image - very modern in its playful use of color, but still so Victorian. Thanks for sharing this treasure!

lavardera said...

this illustration is strangely evocative of Lebbeus Woods drawings..

Anonymous said...

very beautiful picture and wonderful blog about the futre !