Here are some very nice images of artists’ imaginations about the future. Since these imaginations are from around 1900, their relative future is, well, now.
So I can actually compare the artistic fancies with what the future turned out to be once it arrived. Here we go:
An image I really like, the arctic Zeppelin air train:
and today, proper airfields in the arctic (apparently, noone thought of feasible heavier than air flying machines some 120 years ago… ):
One particular quaint one, the “Luftpolizist”, your friendly neighbourhood policeman complete with wings:
unfortunately, nothing remotely as nice has come to pass, instead we have cops in choppers:
And the final and most acurate one (judging from the style of the image I’d say it was drawn sometime around 1930), the mobile phone:
If you do not know what they turned out to be like today, where exactly do you live?
Of course, there are more images like that floating around the ætherweb, I may or might post another entry on that subject some day.