Retrofuturist Flashback: Future Cops, 1886

Retrofuturist Flashback: Future Cops, 1886
Judge Dredd, 1886? Cartoon Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

What's the future of law enforcement? Back in 1987, we envisioned the ultra-violent world of "RoboCop." A century earlier, we imagined electric Bobbies.

This, according to an 1886 edition of the British humor magazine Punch, is what a futuristic police officer will look like. As the satiric details suggest, we can imagine him crackling with electricity as he patrols the streets of London, occasionally stopping to bludgeons and electrocute criminals with his high-tech gladiator equipment.

Anyway, I want them on the next season of "Peaky Blinders."