However, it was not at the past turn of the century that this image depicted the present one, but it is at the present one that it depicts… which one? Some imaginary state between the two. Perhaps that 1950 when air bikes circulated above Balatonfüred and a roundabout Zeppelin above Hajmáskér, a 1950 which, due to the train of history that ran on the wrong track in the previous decades, finally did not occur.
And the archeological exploration of a past which did not happen is hard work, much harder than that of a past which did happen. Kornél Ravadits, the creator of the image presents on a separate page the steps of the reconstruction. It is peculiar to see that today’s fantasy imagines the alternative past exactly like the hundred years earlier imagined the future. It seems that even steampunk was invented a century ago.