My pondering gives me a chance to show you some charming cartoons of how 19th and early 20th century French artists believed we would be living today. First up, does anyone fancy a little ride in a spaceship to Mars? Climbing down that ladder in a long dress onto the red planet would be mighty difficult but at least a big pointy umbrella might come in useful for poking an annoying alien playing his cymbals too loudly.
For more great examples of retro futurism, head on over to this page at Wikimedia Commons. There's plenty to inspire all you wannabe Wallaces out there.