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Marine Private Orlen Silcox models a textured camouflage suit at Camp Elliott Training Center in San Diego, California, March 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 9/16 x 5 11/16 in. (19.21 x 14.45 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.397

The job of finding Marines for Japanese to shoot at is being made even tougher by Marines at Camp Elliott Training Center, San Diego, California, where art of camouflage has been developed to near perfection. Here, Marine Private Orlen Silcox models a textured camouflage suit and has added a bit of vegetable compound facial paste to heighten his disguise, March 1944.

Sheet: 7 15/16 x 6

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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