'Monte-Carlo Concours d'Aviation Fevrier et Mars', Monaco, early 1910s.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Colour poster by Grun, advertising an early aviation meeting at Monte Carlo, showing a man and woman flying above the coastal resort, with another aircraft in the background. The sport and spectacle of meetings such as the one shown here were instrumental in the great rise in popularity of aviation in the first decades of the century. Most of the leading figures in aviation took part, competing for prizes in competitions asesing the speed, altitude capability, reliability and endurance of their aircraft.