Throughout time, man has attempted to predict the future. Some predictions ended up being creepily accurate (Nostradamus, anyone?). Some missed their mark (like the prediction that Crystal Pepsi would catch on). But none are more enjoyable than this series of 19th century postcards that predicted what technology would look like 100 years from then.
People 100 years ago were able to predict FaceTime, but they weren't able to predict that it would be done through a computer the size of your hand. Probably due to the fact that computers weren't a thing yet, so they'd have to dream up that, and then dream up FaceTime. So the past version of the future invention of FaceTime is done via an old school, two-piece phone.
People in the past thought that people in the future would have invented a machine that would blow clouds away. 100 years ago, we still have not developed the technology to prevent it from literally raining on a parade. But we do have global warming, so that's kind of similar?
A weird train-boat hybrid that can somehow go under water even though it's a boat that travels on a train track is probably the coolest invention that never happened. People in the past really underestimated how deep the sea is. And also how long train travel would be a thing.
Hats off to the people of the past for being able to predict the submarine. But hats back on for predicting that it would be drawn by a whale. You know, in the same way that carriages were drawn by horses...
According to people in the past, people in the future still have domestic help. But that domestic help has help. Robot help. Move over, Roomba! This cleaning robot has way more features, and it won't get lost under your bed.
And if man were to develop flight, then naturally firefighters would put on those same dinosaur wings to fight fires. Because it's not terrifying in any way, shape or form in seeing someone, through a cloud of smoke, flying at you. Yeah, you would definitely want to hand your baby over to something like that!
People in the past thought that people in the future would learn by weird contraptions strapped to pupils' heads. But college tuition would probably still be ridiculously expensive. After all, the dude who feeds the books into the machine has tenure.
100 years ago, people thought that having a robot barber would be a great idea. Until the robots developed minds of their own and Skynet happened. Because a robot with free will and a knife is never a good thing.
Our forefathers were really pushing this whole, "Humans should become aquatic" thing pretty hard, huh? Undersea eel racing? First we'd have to develop the technology to breathe underwater for a long time. Then we'd have to develop the technology to make eels grow large enough to be able to sit on them.
People in the past envisioned a future in which farmers would be able to control their tractors remotely. This rendition of the future is probably the most accurate. You know, because it doesn't involve whales drawn by hot hair balloons acting like horses wearing vintage clothing.