Past to Present
Vintage Photo Gallery
Our October 2010 exhibition showcases a large group of original photographs of the 1909 Reims meeting.
This was the first international meeting in the history of aviation and was organized by Marquis de Polignac and the Aero Club de France. The first Gordon Bennett Cup for airplanes was also held at Betheny during this historical meeting.
Out of about 100 "pilots" interested in taking part in the meeting, only 25 were actually able to register with a machine actually able to fly.
Each pilot could present more than one airplane, so the total number of airplanes registered for the meeting was about 40.
Most of the famous early pilots including Wright, Santos Dumont and Bleriot, are present although some had to withdraw before the meeting.
This first international meeting was a success proving the reliability and speed of airplanes over balloons.
The main winners were Curtiss who won the Gordon Bennett Cup, Latham who won the altitude competition and Farman who won the distance competition.
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 the French Second Empire and World War II Japanese propaganda photos.
Anonymous... and Small... - July/August 2010
James Robertson: T�rkiye�de fotografin �nc�leri - 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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