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Royal Aeronautical Society
The history of man's quest to conquer the skies is beautifully documented in imagery from the National Aerospace Library of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in 1866 and is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community, while the National Aerospace Library in Farnborough houses an exceptional and comprehensive collection devoted to aviation and aerospace history and development. The 1920s and 1930s witnessed a golden age of flying as major advances in air travel and aircraft design brought aviation to the forefront of the public imagination. This upsurge in popular feeling for air travel is captured in the fantastic collection of original aviation posters from this period in the Society's collection, from promotional for individual airlines to posters for the Royal Air Force air displays at Hendon. The designs reflect and play on public fascination with this most glamorous and fashionable form of transport. The clean lines and block colours produce powerful graphic statements while emphasising the desirability of speed and the freedom of taking to the skies. In addition, the library houses one of the world's finest collections of early hot air ballooning material with lithographs, prints and posters forming an impressive visual record of man's early ascents into the air.