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Picturing a World

Back to a future restaurant

Oh, what fun! I thought when I saw a Public Domain Review post on Albert Robida’s Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000. I keep an eye out for cafés and restaurants and will cheerfully add this one to my directory of imaginary eating places. The verve and wit of Robida’s style carries well from Jeanette’s 19th C into Mattie’s 20th C—for that matter, as a chic French version of steampunk right into the 21st C.

For more images, click here.

For other informative, illustrated blog posts on Robida, click here, here, and here.

For his role in the world of science fiction, click here.

For the full text of the original French edition of La Vie Électrique with its illustrations, click here.

For the Gallica portal to issues of La Caricature, which he published and edited from 1880 to 1904, click here.
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