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Destroyed in a German air raid on London, the House of Commons is being demolished. The site will be cleared for its reconstruction., August 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.588

Destroyed in an air raid on May 10, 1941, the House of Commons is now being demolished, and the site is being cleared in preparation for its reconstruction. Although workmen have been busy for the past three weeks, it will be some time before all the masonry is cleared away. Photo shows all that remains standing of the historic House, London, August 1945.

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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