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Once upon a time -- in 1909 to be exact -- the New York Times predicted that by 2009, we'd no longer use automobiles. We know that prediction was way off, but based on pulp history scholar Jess Nevins' transcription of the original piece, there are other interesting glimpses of what people back then thought our lives would be like now:
In the telegravures of the recent celebrations, which we publish elsewhere in this issue, we realize at a glance what has happened in this old but ever new world during the 100 years which have elapsed since the centennial's first celebration. We are at once struck by the absence of all wheeled vehicles on land and of all funneled or masted surface vessels at sea. The streets which were crowded by all sorts and conditions of more or less crude vehicles are to-day devoted to pedestrian traffic, always excepting babies' perambulators. The latter, it is interesting to recall, were at the time of which we speak the daily and particular victim of the automobile, which is now an obsolte curio, while babies and perambulators survive and have come to their own gain. A nursemaid could now wheel a perambulator containing twins from the Battery to 775th Street, following the middle of Broadway, and read a book undisturbed and in perfect safety—only, of course, no nursemaid would be foolish enough to essay the task on foot.
They may not have been totally accurate in 1909, but it's certainly an interesting peak into the predictions of the past. What do you imagine the world will look like 100 years from now?Once upon a time -- in 1909 to be exact -- the New York Times predicted that by 2009,... more