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c. 1902

What “Women of the Future” could look forward to in 1902

Exactly when this particular future was set remains unclear.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

For many of us, the question still does not generate a satisfying answer. Fortunately, for 50.8% of the population, help is at hand in the unlikely form of Edwardian postcard manufacturer Albert Bergeret.

Draftee
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Bergeret set up his card printing company in 1898, and by 1900 he was churning out 25 million cards a year. By 1903, output had tripled to 75 million — handled by a staff of 250.

It is from this prolific period that Bergeret reaches out to us today with career advice in the form of these 20 cards. Created in 1902, the set were released as “Women of the Future.”

Rural law enforcer
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And what occupations were open to Women of the Future? Take a look for yourself, though you may be hard pressed to identify the somewhat “outre” working uniforms on offer.

But of the 20 cards, Bergeret imagined no less than six potential roles for women in the military.  

Exactly when his particular future was set remains unclear. Suffice it to say that, in this particular form, it has yet to come to pass.

Police officer
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Firefighter
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Military drummer
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Light Infantry
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Sailor
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Sergeant
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Second Lieutenant
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General
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Student
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Coachwoman
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Jockey
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Fencing master
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Artist
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Journalist
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Lawyer
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Doctor
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Mayor
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Politician
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