Conversations With Spirits

By E O Higgins

The story of a dissipated genius in a borrowed hat and coat

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Edwardian world of the tomorrow

In the early-1900s, a few years before Conversations with Spirits is set, a German confectionary company released a series of postcards showing what the world of the future would be like. 

Let’s make it happen, people...

By the year 2000, man (and horse) will have conquered the oceans. This will be achieved through a process of water wheels, personal hot-air balloons and unusually-long shoes.

In the year 2000, a young lady will be able to flee the unwanted attentions of a cad simply by repositioning the bat-wings of her personal air machine.   

Things that have always held humanity back - such as night time and rain - will have been mastered by the year 2000. This 'city lid' will enable you to travel through your Germanic town square unhampered – and without the irritation of looking up and seeing the sky.   

In tomorrow’s world (of the year 2000), police officers will be able to use their X-ray machines to watch burglars break into your house, whilst safely hidden behind a brick wall. 

Singers in the year 2000 will be able to 'broadcast' their songs to large audiences.

It will be possible to watch a projection of what's happening inside the theatre in the room next door. Or else, if you'd prefer a night in, then simply slip into your ball-gown and listen over the telephone.

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