22 Incredible Images Show What The Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

22 Incredible Images Show What The Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago

These amazing, almost 100-year-old covers of the weekly French magazine Le Petite Journal are from the online collection of the french National Library. They show what were the most exciting innovations of the 1920s, and how people in Europe imagined the future of technology and science.

The locomotion of tomorrow

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Is this true?

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Experience artificial lightning

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


In the vast solitude

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Circuit de Touraine

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


A race between a fast train and a car

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Professor Piccard’s magnificent feat

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Amphibious tanks

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Eclipse

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Drama at the bottom of the sea

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


A fabulous vision

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Racing on Mount Revard

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The parachute world record

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Crossing the Sahara by automobile

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Under the sea

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The deadly work

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Work underwater

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Scaphander — a service of justice

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Between the sky and the street

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Carried away by a torpedo

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


The heroism of a mechanic airman

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France


Surgeons for balloons

Picture: Le Petit Journal illustré/Bibliothèque nationale de France