11 Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914

Posted on February 11, 2007 by


This is a series of old postcards back from 1914 describing their look in future of Moscow city.

Authors in 1914 tried to figure out how would their city look after 100-200-300 years from then.

We now can see were they successful or not.

The picture above shows how should look one of Moscow highways in 200 years after 1914. It should be totally polished with an ice so that ultramodern air-motored sleighs could glide fast and easy.


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Of course 200 years have not yet passed, but in 93 years after the postcard was issued there are no sleighs, no ice, only some dull gray cars glide through asphalt road of Leningrad highway in Moscow.

Red Square in the center of Moscow city should be turned into real mess in 200 years. Different unknown yet but soon to be built flying vehicles, multi level subway systems all over the Red Square and a policeman standing in the middle with his sword ready.

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11 Responses to “Prophetic Postcards Back From 1914”

  1. Wowa says:

    Actually there are railroads in the sky – Moscow Monorail!

  2. Sturmovik says:

    I like the idea of polished ice streets. Although impractical it would look like the city has glass streets. Someone should try this on one street in Moscow. Just for visual effect.

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  6. San says:

    nice post, tho i dont like the sarcasm in some of picture comments.

    • Sumar says:

      The owner of the website is very jaded and disillusioned about the history of Russia and the Soviets

      It’s all fine, I guess he never heard of that old adage “A little nostalgia in trying times holds the most worried minds at ease”

  7. Purba Negoro says:

    I love these old pictures.
    But- how clever- the skyrail monorail system even in 1914.
    And the graphic artists do correctly predict the traffic chaos of today’s world.
    A lot of excellent ideas. If public transport stopped directly under or inside a building- I am sure many people would prefer it to automobile.

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  9. Sasha says:

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

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