The Flying Liner illustrated by H. A. Petersen in Judge magazine (Nov 2 1912) (from http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulmalon/8749888694/)
bought the digicopy today
Future War Tank, 1939
This Land Battleship Can Form The Spearhead of Attack in Future Wars
It will be used to penetrate and smash strategic enemy positions and hold them until support arrives. massively armored, they will brush aside ordinary tanks. Only direct hits by heavy guns will affect it. Its anti-aircraft guns will repel aerial attack. Flame throwers will demoralize infantry resistance. Trenches and fortifications will be crumbled. Its crew will defend captured positions for days if need be. Its great weight will pave a road for following infantry and field artillery. Its guns will cover their advance.
This image appeared on the back cover of the December, 1939 issue of Amazing Stories. (HT Paleofuture)
The Fanciful, Chocolate-Filled World of 2012
With the year 2012 just around the corner, people from the year 1912 might be disappointed to learn that we don’t have ubiquitous rooftop airports or 8-hour trips to the moon.
In 1912 (a year best remembered for the sinking of the Titanic) the French chocolate company Lombart commissioned future-themed illustrated cards to be included with their confectionary. (The cards were produced by the Norgeu family of printers, who had a reputation in France for doing high quality work.) Some companies in the early 20th century often packaged promotional cards with their foodstuffs and tobacco. Consumers were encouraged to collect the entirety of a series, hopefully boosting sales of a particular product in the way that McDonald’s Happy Meal toys are sold and collected today. The series of six cards below was called “En l’an 2012″ which translates to “in the year 2012,” and are illustrated with that special brand of dirigible-laced whimsy that arists were so fond of in the early 20th century. The series has a lot of similarities to other promotional cards of the era, including cards produced for German chocolate company Hildebrands around 1900 and another series produced in France between 1900 and 1910.
Unsurprisingly, the Lombart cards share a common theme: How the technology of the future will enable the task of purchasing ever-larger quantities of Lombart chocolate.
This card pictured the flying machine of the future, with a man reminding his house staff not to forget the Lombart chocolate.
This card shows parents in France speaking to their son in an unspecified Asian country via picturephone. They assure their son that they’ll send him Lombart chocolates by way of aircraft soon.
This card shows Lombart chocolate being delivered by airship from France to London.
A man tells the driver of a flying machine to stop for some chocolate.
This card shows people traveling to the moon in the year 2012. The trip was supposed to take just eight hours from Paris.
This card shows someone using an intercom, asking the submarine captain to stop at an underwater station so that they might pick up some Lombart chocolate.
These cards were found in the book The History of the Future: Images of the 21st Century by Christophe Canto and Odile Faliu.
I have no idea what this is but it looks cool… Dieselpunk,
This illustration by Alexander Leydenfrost appeared in the fiftieth anniversary issue of Popular Mechanics (January, 1952). It depicts “science on the march” and even includes a chart explaining the various elements of the image.