Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000
In 1882 French illustrator Albert Robida (1848–1926) completed a wildly futuristic engraving: his vision of fashionable Parisian opera attendees, in the year 2000.
In tandem, Robida wrote a science fiction trilogy in the late nineteenth century, which drew comparison to author Jules Verne's renown works, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In Robida's novels he predicted many phenomena of the forthcoming modern world: mass tourism, pollution, guided missiles, chemical weapons and the emancipation of women.
Most striking was the Téléphonoscope, a flat screen television display delivering 24-hour news, programs, education and face-to-face communication.
Below we examine the details of "Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000."
Many of the men in the picture wear high, peaked military-esque hats. Pink and yellow are very "in" in the year 2000.
A building surrounded by airborne ships docking and departing.
The Eiffel Tower* has a large docking platform at its top. The yellow taxi, like other ships, resembles a fish. The pilot sits outside.
The ships still sport klaxons.
In the pink ship, the woman pilots. Beneath, a man pursues a woman who pilots her own ship.
There are several police officers in the picture. They ride smaller, sleeker ships and also carry swords.
An airborne group passes over a gondola-like ship and some police craft.
A large bus with a whale-like grill carries an advert, and an anchor. In the year 2000, the top deck remains open.
Restaurant patrons await transport, including yellow taxi ships. A man holds a hook to dock the craft.
A woman pilot with a revealing gown steers her own ornate craft. On the stairs to the top-right, we spot some elaborate hosiery.