In 1899, French commercial artist Jean-Marc Côté produced a series of postcards (En l'an 2000) showcasing his vision of Parisian life in the year 2000. Science fiction writer Asimov stated that the pictures had been commissioned by a toy or cigarette manufacturer that then suddenly went out of business, leaving a unique set of images. Others believe the postcards were issued for the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 or created by another French artist Villemard in 1910. Either way, the images vividly show what life in 2000 could look like. The picture shows a rescue operation at sea in the year 2000. Reality might have looked only slightly different, since such rescue flights were common, yet typically using a helicopter.
Isaac Asimov. Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000 [book] 1985