Saturday, February 18, 2012


I heard this on the radio a few days ago and found it interesting...I hope you do as well.
In 1911, Ladies Home Journal asked leading experts how the world would change over the next 100 years.
Predictions made in 1911

1. Americans will be one to two inches taller. The increase in stature will result from better health due to vast reforms in medicine, sanitation, food and athletics. The average height of an American man in 1910 was 5 feet 7 inches. Now, it is 5 feet 9½ inches. (This makes sense)

2. There will be no C, X or Q in the every day alphabet because they’ll be unnecessary. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas. (I wonder if texting falls under this one?)

3. There will be no street cars in our large cities. All “hurry” traffic will be below or high above ground. Cities will be free from all noises. (Ummmm...nope)

4. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. (Bingo!)

5. There will be no wild animals except in menageries. Rats and mice will have been exterminated. The horse will have become practically extinct. (I wonder why they thought this?)

6. Mexico and Nicaragua will apply for admission to become part of the United States. (Interesting)

7. Hot and cold air will be turned on from spigots to regulate the temperature of a house. (Thank goodness!)

8. Fast electric ships moving at more than a mile a minute will go from New York to Liverpool in two days. The ships will be supported upon runners, somewhat like those on a sleigh. (The runners seem a tad bit unstable and scary to me!)

9. Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver goods purchased from stores. (Sounds like the Jetson's)

10. Ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to the bakeries of today. Such wholesale cookery will be done in electric laboratories rather than in kitchens. (They couldn't fathom how we would eat now)


Melinda said...

What a hoot! They were right on in some things - and so far from others! Kinda wish number 9 was a reality though! Wouldn't it be cool!

Michelle said...

I love these! Interesting to see how people thought the world would change.

Tipper said...

LOL-just fascinating!

Denice said...

This is such a joy to read...thanks for sharing these!

Becky said...

Now that's just weird and a little scary.
Oh the imaginations! Wonder what people would say about 100 years from now?