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Future Collection

"The Future Unveiled: A Glimpse into Tomorrow's Possibilities" Step into a world where imagination knows no bounds

Background imageFuture Collection: The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson

The Kinecar by William Heath Robinson
Double page illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a well-equipped omnibus transporting passengers while they watch a film

Background imageFuture Collection: Palmistry map of the hand

Palmistry map of the hand
A palmistry map of the hand, labelling the different areas

Background imageFuture Collection: Continental drift after 250 million years

Continental drift after 250 million years, showing the supercontinent of Pangea Ultima, which was named for the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imageFuture Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageFuture Collection: Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)

Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel)
XIR136795 Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass (oil on panel) by Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74); Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageFuture Collection: Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning

Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning
An advertisement for new houses and industrial sites at the new town of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, an example of town planning, designed to take people away from polluted cities

Background imageFuture Collection: Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten - Engagement

Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten - Engagement
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) (1926-2022) and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (later Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh) (1921)

Background imageFuture Collection: Pharmacy of the Future

Pharmacy of the Future
EMIL ADOLF VON BEHRING German bacteriologist who won Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1901

Background imageFuture Collection: The March of intellect, 1829. Artist: Heath, William (1795-1840)

The March of intellect, 1829. Artist: Heath, William (1795-1840)
The March of intellect, 1829. Found in the collection of British Museum

Background imageFuture Collection: The New Jerusalem, c1900

The New Jerusalem, c1900. Christ, who has redeemed the world through his Crucifixion, waits at the entrance to The New Jerusalem to welcome the saved

Background imageFuture Collection: The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner

The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner
The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. The Archangel Michael with flaming sword on Judgement Day. From Tate Britain, London

Background imageFuture Collection: Amazing Stories scifi magazine cover, The Mad Robot

Amazing Stories scifi magazine cover, The Mad Robot
THE MAD ROBOT by William P McGivern. A brave man fires a ray-gun at an advancing metal robot with large claws and a brain encassed in a glass-domed head Date: 1944

Background imageFuture Collection: Amazing Stories Scifi Magazine Cover with Hidden Lunar City

Amazing Stories Scifi Magazine Cover with Hidden Lunar City
HIDDEN CITY by Chesters Geier. Two spacemen spot a hidden circular city rising out of a crater on a seemingly deserted moon Date: 1947

Background imageFuture Collection: Fletts Happy Families - Mr Marmalade

Fletts Happy Families - Mr Marmalade - Has A Big Future. circa 1930s

Background imageFuture Collection: Corbetts Vision

Corbetts Vision
In American planner Harvey Corbetts vision of a future city, fast traffic will be segregated from slow, and people from both Date: 1925

Background imageFuture Collection: Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, Girl Guide

Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, Girl Guide
Princess Elizabeth, (the future Queen Elizabeth II) (1926-2022), in her Girl Guide uniform, c. 1942. Date: circa 1942

Background imageFuture Collection: Fortuna by Ernest Board

Fortuna by Ernest Board
Painting depicting a blindfolded woman playing a fateful game of cards. Date: 1911

Background imageFuture Collection: Fridays Child by May Bowley

Fridays Child by May Bowley. A fortune-telling song telling a childs character or future based on the day they were born and help young children remember the days the week. Date: circa 1903

Background imageFuture Collection: The rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Rock)

The rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Rock), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka, Asia

Background imageFuture Collection: St Anne Teaches Mary

St Anne Teaches Mary
Saint Anne teaches Mary, the future mother of Jesus, to read from a book of a type which will not come into use until the 2nd century AD

Background imageFuture Collection: Mad Metal Robot

Mad Metal Robot
THE MAD ROBOT by William P McGivern. A brave man fires a ray-gun at an advancing metal robot with large claws and a brain encassed in a glass-domed head Date: 1944

Background imageFuture Collection: The Battle of the Balloons

The Battle of the Balloons. A fanciful image depicting four balloons with flags and sails, their passengers in close aerial combat. The opponents appear to be British and French. circa 18th century

Background imageFuture Collection: Ladies Football, 1894

Ladies Football, 1894
The lady footballers: an anticipation. The Sketch anticipates the brave new world of women footballers: a good looking goalkeeper recieves much attention

Background imageFuture Collection: French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism

French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism
A French poster which declares that The Future Lies in Socialism, showing men who have fought in the First World War facing up to the octopus monster of commercialism, foreign gold

Background imageFuture Collection: Optical computing

Optical computing. Coloured light micrograph of a section through a hybrid electronic-optical circuit board. Optical waveguides (red) are used to transmit data in the form of light pulses

Background imageFuture Collection: ITER fusion research reactor

ITER fusion research reactor, computer artwork. ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, is being designed to test the principles surrounding the generation of power from nuclear

Background imageFuture Collection: Witch with her black cat

Witch with her black cat
Witch casting a spell accompanied by a raven and a black cat. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFuture Collection: Future New York

Future New York will be pre- eminently the city of skyscrapers - and of noise, what with the elevated railway passing your window and the aircraft flying low overhead

Background imageFuture Collection: Military Rockets

Military Rockets for Space Activity, Armed with Death Rays

Background imageFuture Collection: USA, North America, Florida

USA, North America, Florida
North America, USA, Florida, Orlando. Globe ball of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World

Background imageFuture Collection: Swarm of nanorobots

Swarm of nanorobots, computer artwork. Nanotechnology is an area of science concerned with producing mechanical entities whose size is measured in nanometres (billionth of a metre)

Background imageFuture Collection: Humanoid robot, artwork

Humanoid robot, artwork
Humanoid robot, computer artwork. Computer artwork of a humanoid robot that resembles a human female. The coloured lights represent the electrical energy

Background imageFuture Collection: Robidas rotating house

Robidas rotating house
Maison tournante arienee or aerial rotating house, one of Albert Robidas futuristic visions of life in the 20th century

Background imageFuture Collection: Italian Wedding Card

Italian Wedding Card
Dancing cherubs on a good luck card, looking forward to the couples silver, gold and diamond anniversaries!

Background imageFuture Collection: Jumeirah Beach Resort

Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageFuture Collection: Hot air balloon

Hot air balloon, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imageFuture Collection: Asahi Beer headquarters

Asahi Beer headquarters, Tokyo, Japan The building and the sculpture Flamme d Or were designed by Phillipe Starck in the 1980 s

Background imageFuture Collection: Atomic Motorbike

Atomic Motorbike
Motor Cycle Driven by Atomic Power

Background imageFuture Collection: Nanorobots, artwork

Nanorobots, artwork
Nanorobots, computer artwork. Nanotechnology is an area of science concerned with producing mechanical entities on the scale of nanometres (billionths of a metre)

Background imageFuture Collection: Atomic Power Predicted

Atomic Power Predicted
Atomic power plants predicted

Background imageFuture Collection: Red pine wood statue of Buddha of the Future, called Miroku Bosatsu or Maitreya, at Koryu-ji

Red pine wood statue of Buddha of the Future, called Miroku Bosatsu or Maitreya, at Koryu-ji, Kyoto. Japanese, c606 A
JAPAN: BUDDHA, c606 A.D. Red pine wood statue of Buddha of the Future, called Miroku Bosatsu or Maitreya, at Koryu-ji, Kyoto. Japanese, c606 A.D

Background imageFuture Collection: Shanghai before Sunrise

Shanghai before Sunrise
Ran Shen

Background imageFuture Collection: The Real Road Trip

The Real Road Trip
Taudalpoi

Background imageFuture Collection: HRH The Duke of Connaught (colour litho)

HRH The Duke of Connaught (colour litho)
613172 HRH The Duke of Connaught (colour litho) by Ward, Leslie Matthew (Spy) (1851-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: HRH The Duke of Connaught, A future Commander-in-Chief, 17 June 1876)

Background imageFuture Collection: Alien holding Earth, illustration

Alien holding Earth, illustration
Alien holding Earth, computer illustration

Background imageFuture Collection: Royals leaving St. Pauls - Silver Jubilee of King George V

Royals leaving St. Pauls - Silver Jubilee of King George V on May 6th, 1935. The Duke and Duchess of York and their children with the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the Bishop of London. Date: 1935

Background imageFuture Collection: Transparent Man Walking in Desert

Transparent Man Walking in Desert
Australian Views Photographers: Donald Iain Smith

Background imageFuture Collection: Amazing Stories Scifi magazine cover - Futuristic Human Cloning

Amazing Stories Scifi magazine cover - Futuristic Human Cloning
THE 4-SIDED TRIANGLE, by William F Temple. A scientist clones the body of a young woman in his laboratory in this futuristic science fiction magazine cover 1939



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"The Future Unveiled: A Glimpse into Tomorrow's Possibilities" Step into a world where imagination knows no bounds. From the whimsical Kinecar by William Heath Robinson to the intricate lines of a palmistry map, we embark on a journey through time and space. As we delve deeper, witness the mesmerizing spectacle of continental drift after 250 million years - nature's slow dance shaping our planet's destiny. Yet, amidst this grandeur, an eerie Vanitas Still Life reminds us of life's transience; a tulip in bloom juxtaposed with a skull and hour-glass serving as poignant reminders of our mortality. But fear not, for hope springs eternal. Behold the Amazing Stories Scifi Magazine Cover that conceals a hidden lunar city - an emblematic vision of humanity conquering new frontiers beyond Earth. Welwyn Garden City stands tall as an exemplar of meticulous town planning, offering glimpses into urban landscapes yet to come. In this tapestry of possibilities, JMW Turner's The Angel Standing in the Sun captures ethereal beauty while hinting at celestial encounters awaiting us in days yet to unfold. And just beyond lies The New Jerusalem - its futuristic allure beckoning those who dare dream big. The Mad Robot emerges from another Amazing Stories scifi magazine cover; its metallic visage symbolizing both innovation and cautionary tales about artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, within the Pharmacy of the Future lies untapped potential for medical breakthroughs that will redefine human well-being. Corbetts Vision paints vivid strokes across our mindscape - reminding us that foresight shapes reality. Princess Elizabeth gazes confidently ahead as she embraces her Girl Guide role; little did we know then that she would ascend to become Queen Elizabeth II - embodying resilience and grace throughout history. The future awaits with open arms – brimming with endless possibilities and unforeseen wonders. Let us embrace it together as pioneers forging paths yet untrodden.