Against this backdrop, a 12-year-old schoolboy turned his thoughts to the future – and wrote down a list of predictions about life in the year 2000.
Edgar Codling, of Hillington, Norfolk, believed that by the turn of the century, aeroplanes would be as common as cars and bicycles would be cheap.
And he predicted a boom in leisure travel as well as an increase in affordable popular newspapers.
In 1913, just a year before the First World War broke out, Edgar wrote in a school essay: ‘In the year 2000AD bicycles will be produced for a small sum of money.
‘Aeroplanes will be seen floating in the air and will become as common as motorcars.
‘They will be used for business and enjoyment too. Newspapers will be very cheap.’