Wednesday, May 09, 2007

100 Year Predictions - from 1900

Thanks to the Yorktown Historical Society we have the 100 year forecasts published by the Ladies Home Journal. Many of these predictions dealt with super-sized fruits, but here are several about global communications:
  • Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later.
  • Man will See Around the World. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span. American audiences ... will view ... the coronations of kings in Europe or the progress of battles in the Orient.
  • Telephones Around the World. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world.

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