A {{Montage}} where a character or a scene shifts from one era to era. A MisterSandmanSequence may or may not occur on a particular era, may it be a person, a place, or an item. The one thing that this montage is very prevalent of is that the atmosphere of the setting, architecture and art styles, technology, clothing and hairstyle, and occasional background music sequentially changes.

Doesn't necessarily have to do with the ''actual'' Progressive Era, which was from about 1900 to 1920.

!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertisement ]]

* The 2009 Pepsi Commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ABUKnCKzM8 "Pass"]] transcends from TheGayNineties to the present day focusing the said product consumed by young people as it is passed on through various generations.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYywiQ3-6To Another Pepsi commercial]] from 2002 featuring BritneySpears shows Pepsi "commercials" from the 1950s through 2002, using actual Pepsi {{jingle}}s from their respective eras.
* The 2008 Hovis Bread Commercial, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_suyZb5mDk "Go On, Lad!"]] focuses on a boy who, in 122 seconds, walks down on history lane from the Victorian Era to the present day as he walks down through significant events on British history.
* The Mercedes-Benz SL commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88w-BtxZmfs "Timeless"]] focuses about the said car as it drives through the 1950s up to the present day while the style of the car, the music, and the fashion of the woman driving it all change with the times.
* Frigidaire's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgXk2QkErhA "More than 90 Years of Innovation"]] commercial shows the company's innovations through the years.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9WjeH6VlTA This]] SuperBowlSpecial for the Audi A6 has Creator/JasonStatham [[HeroStoleMyBike stealing a succession of cars]] dating from TheSeventies up to the present day, presented in the manner of an action movie of each era.
* The [[http://www.americangirl.com/play/beforever/index.php "Pass It Along" promotional video]] for AmericanGirl's [=BeForever=] revamp shows girls from the present [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin passing things along]] to characters from the Historical lineup, the latter of them showing their new meet outfits.
* Creator/{{Sony}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39pK2MV_sfs "#4ThePlayers" video]], in which a group of British teens grow up playing PlayStation consoles from 1995 to the present day. All the while, the artists whose posters adorn their walls and magazines change from Music/{{Blur}} to Music/{{Kasabian}} to Music/TinieTempah, the fashion goes from "[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]]" to '00s "chav" fashion and beyond, and the London Eye, the Gherkin, and the Shard emerge on the UsefulNotes/{{London}} skyline outside their window.

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* The opening montage in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' depicts the evolution of Superheroes from the 40s up to the 80s, with important historical scenes shown in between.
* The opening credit sequence of the film ''{{The Jackal}}'' showed a montage of images from Russian history set to pounding Industrial music, starting with the Bolshevik Revolution, through Stalin's industrialization and [[WorldWarII The Great Patriotic War]], and on up through the fall of the Soviet Union toward the present day.
* The TitleSequence of ''Film/WingCommander'' does an audio version of Mankind's history of space exploration up until the declaration of war with the Kilrathi.
* ''Film/{{Detention}}'' does this in reverse to highlight Elliot's time warp from the present day (2011) back to 1992. In order, the music jumps from the Music/PussycatDolls in 2008 to The Bravery in '05, Music/FiftyCent in '03, the Music/BackstreetBoys in '98, Music/{{Hole}} in '94, and finally ending with Music/PublicEnemy in '92, while his classmates' fashions go from modern-day to [[HipHop hip-hop]] to [[BoyBand boy-band]] to {{grunge}}.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* {{Edward Rutherfurd}}'s novels, such as ''Sarum'', ''Russka'' and others, goes on like this, where every chapter goes to a new era and a new generation.

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* The episode "Fragments" of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has a montage of Capt. Jack through the entire 20th century.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The music video of {{Dawsons Creek}}'s theme song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJb5RvAs4BI I Don't Wanna Wait]]'' by Paula Cole depicts the singer as an immortal woman transcending through TheMiddleAges to TheRenaissance, to TheCavalierYears, RegencyEngland, TheRoaringTwenties up to ThePresentDay, with numerous lovers from different time periods, all who whom died.
* In a similar fashion to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' couch gag described below, the video to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub747pprmJ8 Right Here, Right Now]]'' by Music/FatboySlim shows the evolution of man, starting from primordial aquatic lifeforms.
* The protagonist of the video to ''[[http://www.myspace.com/video/peter-heppner/paul-van-dyk-peter-heppner-wir-sind-wir/5583449 Wir Sind Wir]]'' by Paul van Dyk and Peter Heppner is observing (and documenting with his camera) the [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} history of Germany]] from directly after WorldWarTwo to the fall of the BerlinWall.
* The video to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTFG3J1CP8 Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris]]'' by Music/PigWithTheFaceOfABoy fits this trope, even though it is taking a more surreal approach in representing the different eras. (For starters, at no point in the history of the SovietUnion did giant ''{{Tetris}}'' blocks fall from the sky...)

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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JxfgId3XTs&list=WLEAEECECAE39CD8A4 2011 video]] of the East London Style does much, where the background music and the dancers' clothes changes over 100 years in just 100 seconds.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Creator/CartoonNetwork Groovies short "Musical Evolution" had JosieAndThePussycats performing in several different time periods (and costumes), including the 1970s disco era, 90s metal, the WildWest (country and western), 80s Music/{{KISS}} style rock, and modern disc jockey style. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvQY6tLMdL0&NR=1 here]].
* A ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' CouchGag has Homer starting as a unicellular organism, becomes a fish, climbs out of the ocean, evolves into a human, walks through parts of human history, and ends up at his sofa, and Marge asking "Where have you been?".
** Another couch gag shows the Simpsons as the casts of {{Sitcom}}s from different eras.
* The opening scene of ''WreckItRalph'' progresses through 30 years as evidenced by the change of video game platforms.
* When Fry gets frozen in the cryogenic tube in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', time starts slipping by, showing New York being destroyed by aliens, rebuilt, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment destroyed by aliens again]], forests growing and humanity reverting back to the MiddleAges and rebuilding New York ''[[MedievalStasis again]]'' [[MedievalStasis with castles]], [[RuleOfThree get destroyed by aliens again]], and then finally the New New York of the year 2999 springs up.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, featuring Love Handel gives us a little [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk6mGEst7mM history about rock]]. Anyone of you can tell where the colours came from...
* Similar to ''The Simpsons'' example above, the opening title sequence of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' starts with the Big Bang, then zooms in to Earth to show the title character as a single-celled organism, a succession of sea creatures, a land reptile, a caveman, and finally a modern office worker.