Friday, January 27, 2012

Visions of The Year 2000

For me, a fellow whose first love would be history, this gallery of (now postcards) is for want of a better expression, doubleplusgood.

To be admired not just for their historical value, but for a brief glimpse into the mind of free thinking French artist Villemard. Perhaps not quite on the scale of Leonardo, but an original outside the box man, nonetheless.

"The Bibliothèque nationale de France has a wonderful gallery of illustrations by Villemard from 1910 imagining what life would be like in the year 2000. It's part of a larger exhibition titled Utopia: The Quest for the Ideal Society in the Western World. BB's Paris liaison, Alex Boucherot, editor of Fluctuat, kindly provided a rough translation of the Villemard gallery description:

Visions of The Year 2000 These labels, most probably intended to be found in food products, were presented on panels of a dozen little scenes. They illustrate the way our grandparents imagined the year 2000. The inventions meant to improve everyday life are seen side by side with more erudite or searchful vocations, but curiously the clothing fashion remains that of the Belle Epoque!" Wiki
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Help yourself, any or all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would comment here "send me a postcard" but it looks like it’s already done so, and quite extensively too. Partially taken from TTW4’s funny comment.