[Jacob Christian Hansen Ellehammer's Experiments in Early Aviation (1905-1919)]
Jacob Christian Hansen Ellehammer (Danish, 1871–1946)
Vilhelm Ellehammer (Danish)
Gelatin silver prints from glass negatives
9 13/16 × 14 1/8 × 11/16 in. (25 × 35.8 × 1.7 cm)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2005
Not on view
Unaware of the Wright brothers' success, the Danish engineer Ellehammer worked in isolation to invent a means of flight, a feat he achieved on September 12, 1906. He soon shifted his attention to vertical flight craft, succeeding in 1912 in hopping along above ground in an experimental helicopter. It is those early, tentative helicopter flights that we see in these remarkable photographs, part of an album documenting Ellehammer's experiments in aviation between 1905 and 1920.
Signature: Oblong album Two signed in ink on neg. One signed in ink on the recto. Each with descriptive paper label Some with date in ink affixed to the mount. Most mounted one-per-page, back-to-back
(sold Christie's New York, October 5, 1994, lot 95); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.
MacKworth-Praed, Ben. Aviation: The Pioneer Years. Secaucus, N. J.: Chartwell Books, Inc., 1990. pp. 126, 135.
The album has 36 total prints affixed to 35 pages. Page 15 has three prints affixed to the page; page 34 had a print affixed to the page at one time, but it had been torn out prior to acquisition. Every other page has a single print affixed to the page.