Monday, March 24, 2014

Our Ancestors' Future Predictions

In Book Two of my Ellis Island Series, Annie's Stories, one of the characters enjoys reading the contemporary authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, who were known for their futuristic notions.

I read a column in the New York Times from 1901 written by Wells where he discusses the idea that in the year 2000 suburbs will stretch far out from big cities like New York and London because automobiles will travel far faster than 30 mils per hour. Pretty interesting, huh?

H.G. Wells from Wikipedia
That's why this blog post from The Bowery Boys caught my attention. Thankfully some predictions did not come true! (Gotta love The Bowery Boys!)

But many things were uncannily foreseen. Did you know cell phones were predicted way back in 1909? It's true. Read about it here.

And did Thomas Edison predict ereaders? It sure seem so. Read this!

Incredible. What's your prediction for the future?

Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research's Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at


~sharyn said...

I enjoy reading stuff like this so thanks for posting, Cindy, & for sharing the links.

These predictions don't surprise me. But we live in a culture where people seem to think we're not just advanced but smarter. Not true.

Besides, would we have any of these advanced technologies without the brilliant work of men like Tesla & Edison?

Anonymous said...

Hello Cindy. Interesting article. Funny how so many things people talk about really. happens later. I've always wondered about a scripture in the Bible, and can't remember where, but it says nothing is new. Everything that is, was. I tho't of it when way back some years ago some skeletons were found that were very old and places on the head showed where someone had had surgery on their head at one time before our doctors did. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com