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July 1, 2018

Everyday Life of Europe in the Early 20th Century Through Chusseau-Flaviens' Lens

Charles Chusseau-Flaviens was a French independent photojournalist of the 1890s to 1910s. His distribution of other photographer's work for publication created one of the first photo press agencies, located at 46 Rue Bayen, Paris.

Chusseau-Flaviens' by-line appeared on numerous photographs from every European country as well as from Africa, the Middle East, the Orient and the United States. Subject matter included intimate portraits of European royalty, political figures and celebrities in addition to everyday life.

Journals in which Chusseau-Flaviens images appeared include Ilustraçāo Portugueza, L'Illustration, The Illustrated London News, Le Monde and The Graphic.

This selection of images comes from a collection of more than 10,000 glass plate negatives held at George Eastman House by Ch. Chusseau-Flaviens. The collection came to George Eastman House in 1975 from Kodak Pathé in France.

The photographs in the collection represent a time span from the early 1900s until just before World War I, depicting social and political figures and events throughout Europe. Featured subjects included activities of the leisure classes or "society," political unrest in Spain and England, and prewar buildup of European military forces.

Flamenco dancing, Spain, 1908

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, circa 1908

Bulgarian Army with machine guns, 1908

Bulgarian peasants, circa 1908

 Bulgarian shepherd, circa 1908

Bullfighting, Madrid, 1908

Children playing bullfighting, Spain, 1908

Children playing in the park, Madrid, 1908

Dannish infantry, circa 1908

King of Spain, 1908

People at beach in San Sebastián, Spain, 1908

San Sebastián beach, Spain, 1908

San Sebastián beach, Spain, 1908

San Sebastián beach, Spain, 1908

San Sebastián, Spain, 1908

San Sebastián-royal cabin, Spain, 1908

Amsterdam canal, Holland, circa 1900-1919

Barcelona riots, circa 1900-1919

Beggar sweeper, London, circa 1900-1919

Bucharest street scenes, Romania, circa 1900-1919

 Bullfighting, Portugal, circa 1900-1919

Cais do Sodré railway station, Lisbon, Portugal, circa 1900-1919

Cossacks, Russia, circa 1900-1919

English demonstration, circa 1900-1919

English suffragette, circa 1900-19

Hyde Park, London, circa 1900-1919

Hyde Park, London, circa 1900-1919

Jews going to the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, circa 1900-1919

London street scenes, England, circa 1900-1919

London, England, circa 1900-1919

Petticoat lane, London, circa 1900-1919

Police on the street in England, circa 1900-1919

Polish smile, circa 1900-1919

Princess Marie, Romania, circa 1900-1919

Princess Victoria Gde Duchess Cyril-Imperial Family, Russia, circa 1900-1919

Russia, circa 1900-1919

Russian celeb Mrs. Kropinski, circa 1900-1919

Russian marriage in Finland, circa 1900-1919

Sandown, Isle of Wight, England, circa 1900-1919

 Spanish artillery, circa 1900-1919

St. Petersburg Palace, Russia, circa 1900-1919

St. Petersburg Palace, Russia, circa 1900-1919

The quays of the Neva river in Petersburg, Russia, circa 1900-1919

Vienna, Austria, circa 1900-1919



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