Retrofuturist Flashback: French Future of Flight


'A Visit to the Opera in the year 2000' Universal History Archive/Getty

Ah, here's a delightful early-20th century slice of retrofuturism for your Friday.

Titled "A Visit to the Opera in the year 2000," this 1902 work of art comes to us from French writer, illustrator and caricaturist Albert Robida (1848-1926). He's rather well known for his futuristic works, so I'll hopefully share more of them in the weeks ahead.

This particular piece provides us with a stunning vision of air travel over Paris, complete with both public and private aircraft, as well as landing stages atop Parisian towers.

I love these and you can definitely see the influence on Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" series.

Let's take a closer look...

(Universal History Archive/Getty)

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.