A 1952 drawing of 'Birmingham in 2002' with hovercrafts has gone viral


Drawings of how one artist believed Birmingham would look in 2002 are going viral.

The sketches, by Paul S. Cadbury, appeared in a 1952 book called Birmingham – Fifty Years On.

They show how Cadbury believed Birmingham would look in the year 2002 – funnily enough, the Bullring is nowhere to be seen.


Instead, there are clean and quiet streets, futuristic buildings, and of course, hover cars.

While the book was published in 1952, the sketches were made public again by Birmingham Live this week. The predictions also feature designs for a tunnel underneath the city and ideas for road extensions.

The chief executive of Bournville Village Trust said, “It is fantastic to see these images being shared again today, and they act as an important reminder of the lasting legacy and influence on design and place-shaping of the Cadbury family on the wider city of Birmingham.”

Sadly, there's no sign of those futuristic cars just yet...


H/T: Birmingham Live

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