It is not uncommon for authors, and artists alike to envision and depict the future through their works. In Spring of 1900, a world fair titled "The Exposition Universelle," was held in Paris to celebrate the achievements of the past century. Amongst inventions like the diesel engine, the ferris wheel and talking films, was an image series which depicted the year 2000. En L'An 2000 (In the year 2000) featured a collection of futuristic paintings done mainly by French artist and thinker, Jean- Marc Côté.
Onlookers stared in bewilderment as they were given a brief tour 100 years into the future, and brought to the doorstep of the third millennium. Imaginations ran wild whilst spectators were shown the visions of an oh-so foreign world. And while many of the concepts shown are as foreign to us as they were to the corset-wearing, mustache loving patrons of the 1900's, many of these images are not as far-off from our daily customs as one may expect. En L'An 2000 featured automatic orchestras, an intensive breeding machine, and a portable house.
With that being said, rub my nipples and call me Betty do I wish the Underwater Pacific Eel Derby was a thing.
But, not all of Côte's depictions were as glorious as underwater fish riders and giant saddled seahorses.
Flying policemen bearing curled mustaches and an eagerness to batter you with a club.
Military disputes settled on armed bicycles.
As maniacal as Côte's envision of modern day France may be; I must say, I'm glad the guy never lived to see the Sock Slider. Had young, inspired Jean-Marc ever known his underwater croquet parties and flying taxis would be replaced by a market in high demand for a plastic sock cradle, it's likely his exhibit at The Exposition Universelle would instead be depressing limerick poems and teenage angst music.