Predictions – Rio in 100 years

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 5.50.46 PM“In the year two-thousand. — Prophetic photograph of what Rio will be like at its 5th centennial”


The text images that follow, from the May 20th (1900) edition of Revista da Semana, go on to describe how Rio will be 100 years from then but, being that it’s antiquated Portuguese, I preferred to just post the text as is. What I will also leave you with are some choice excerpts. I’ll put a X next to the incorrect predictions, (a √ next to the correct ones,) and nothing if I don’t know how to answer. 

Χ – Rio’s avenues will be way better than the Champs-Élysées in Paris (not quite)
Χ – Rua do Ouvidor will be nothing but a memory (still there, luckily)
Χ – Rio will have 1.5 million residents (currently 6.5 million)
Χ – Women won’t say ugly things like “vi elle”, “qui home”, “me deixe”, “tá bom”
Χ – Botafogo, with its lovely bay, will attract tourists from the world over (it fell short)
Χ – By 1940, yellow fever will be gone (…nope)
– Morally, Brazilians will have the same defects, vices and passions as in 1900
Χ – In commerce and industry, there’ll be big thieves who cheat the public
– In the press, there’ll be illiterate writers and journalists for sale
– The city still won’t have money to pay its employees
Χ – The only ugly thing left in the city will be the Mangue canal (still there)

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