It's Almost 2012: Where's My Flying Cars Filled with Chocolate?

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Wed, Dec 21st, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Matt Novak, of the Smithsonian Magazine's Paleofuture section, has this gallery of French postcards from 1912 depicting what the year 2012 might look like. From the images, it's clear that our ancestors believed we'd be travelling in flying cars by now -- and sporting a disturbing obsession for chocolate.

Some companies in the early 20th century often packaged promotional cards with their foodstuffs and tobacco. Consumers were encouraged to collect the entirety of a series, hopefully boosting sales of a particular product in the way that McDonald's Happy Meal toys are sold and collected today.

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