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Our Winter 2019 exhibition presents a rare selection of pre World War I and 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 several years ago to store the photographs in archival sleeves.

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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 comments/corrections about this exhibition are welcome.

A new exhibition is added every 3 to 4 months, depending on our inventory and new acquisitions.


Children & their Toys - Spring 2019

Photographic Ephemera - Winter 2018

Madagascar in the early 1900's - Summer 2018

The daily Pravda, Moscow 1947 - Spring 2018

Lighter than Air: Airships & Balloons - Winter 2017

La Chine au temps de Paul Claudel - Spring/Summer 2017

Expositions Internationales de l’Aéronautique - Winter 2016-Spring 2017

Caucasus, 1900 - Gems of the NPG Stereoviews - Autumn 2016

French Art Deco Bronze in Photographs - Spring 2016

Fleurs, Feuilles & Fruits - 36 Photographies d'apres nature - Winter 2015-2016

Automobile Racing - Targa Florio 1925 - Autumn 2015

Occupied Paris - Avis a la Population! - Summer 2015

Tour de Corse en 3D - Summer 2014

Javanese Types by Woodbury & Page - October 2013

Anonymous Parisian Scenes, circa 1885 - June 2012

Flying Pioneers : Vieilles Tiges - Portrait Gallery - December 2011

Matamoros: Champion and Martyr of Religious Freedom in Spain - August/September 2011

Pre-WWI Russian Aviation - June/July 2011

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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