Past to Present
Vintage Photo Gallery
Our June 2011 exhibition presents a rare selection of pre World War I Russian aviation photographs from the archive of Charles Gilbert.
Gilbert presented himself as Pilote, Aeronaute et Constructeur (pilot, aeronaut and builder) and was giving exhibition flights with his Aerocycle Rotateur (bicycle attached to a balloon) from the mid 1880's.
After several years giving his exhibitions flights in France and Russia, Gilbert moved to Moscow in 1898 where he continues his experiments with lighter than air flight and becomes an instructor at Polytechnic Institute in Moscow.
Gilbert came back to France during WWI before the Russian Revolution of October 1917 and it's most likely that he assembled his photo archive in very basic paper books after returning to France. We chose to remove the photographs from the books a few years ago to store the photographs in archival sleeves.
Researching early russian aviation was not an easy task. Gilbert's annotations were incomplete and contained errors. Online information in English or French
is also very limited so we used automated translation to look for information in Russian and Polish websites. Any comment/correction about this exhibition are welcome.
A new exhibition is added every 2 to 3 months, depending on our inventory and new acquisitions.
The subjects we plan to showcase next are Protestantism CDVs, World War II Japanese propaganda photos and the Rif War.
Mister Blind - April/May 2011
Mers el-Kébir Battle - July 1940 - February/March 2011
Napoleon III Second Empire - Portraits Intimes - December 2010
Flying Pioneers : 1909 Reims International Meeting - October/November 2010
Anonymous... and Small... - July/August 2010
James Robertson: Türkiye’de fotografin öncüleri - April 2010
Le Mont-Blanc: Tourisme et Photographie - January 2010
Les Freres Seeberger: Regard sur la France de l'Entre-deux-guerres - November 2009
19th Century Photographers Business Cards - September 2009
Vieilles Tiges & Aeronauts Autographs - July 2009
Droles d'Oiseaux ~ Silly Birds - April 2009
Floral and Botanical Still Life - January 2009
Vienna Aristocracy in Charity Play - Atelier Adele
Jules Richard, Jean Agelou - La Magie du Relief
Charles A. Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle in Belgium
Early Theatre Portrait Gallery - December 2007
Dialogue de Sourds - October 2007
Flying Pioneers: Pre-WWI Aviation - July/August 2007
Early Operatic Portrait Gallery - May 2007
French Aeronaut in Pre-Soviet Russia - March 2007
Childhood on the Lower East Side - January 2007
Racing Driver Memories, 1909-1913 - November 2006
French intervention in Mexico, 1862-1867 - September 2006
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