'March of Intellect', 'Lord how this world improves as we grow older', 1829.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured satirical print by Paul Pry on the fad for steam transport. The world of invention goes mad: here are fantastic balloons, flying machines, castles in the air, a Grand Vacuum Tube travelling system, the new Marble Arch, platforms carried aloft by hot air balloons, people being carried by a kite, a 'servant superseding apparatus', a tent for cigar smoking, an ox roasting, people standing on a ceiling, tunnels beneath the sea and other strange ideas. The actual progres brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and steam power in particular, led to speculation, not necesarily all optimistic, as to what technological 'advances' the future might bring. Published by T McLean.