1899 – EN L’AN 2000 Remote-Controlled Electric Floor Scrubber – Jean-Marc Côté (French)

The maid remote-controlling the electric floor scrubber.

France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté in France in 1899. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000.

Isaac Asimov's Futuredays is a card-by-card analysis of these retro-futuristic artifacts and does a wonderful job of putting them into historical context for modern readers.

A note by Christopher Hyde from the book by Isaac Asimov – Futuredays.

"The cards were created for the 1900 fin-de-siècle festivities held throughout France that year.  They were commissioned by the firm Armand Gervais et cie, Lyon, a small toy manufacturer specializing in novelties. The illustrator, Jean Marc Côté, was a local commercial artist who was often hired by Armand Gervais on a freelance basis. Using existing from a variety of sources, including  the illustrated works of Jules Verne, as well as some of the bizarre automaton equipment at Armand Gervais, Côté began designing the cards. The entre set of engravings was delivered to Armand Gervais during the summer of 1899, and production began immediately. …
Late in 1899, Armand Gervais discontinued operations as a result of the  death of its founder. The cards, neatly printed and ready to go, were never distributed."

See other early remote-controlled and robotic vacuum cleaners and floor scrubbers here.


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