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A recent conference of the Reichstag is in session, after Friedrich Ebert was elected the first President of Germany, January 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.184

Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Ebert Elected President of Germany! For the first time in history, the German people have chosen the head of their own Government. Friedrich Ebert has been elected and has accepted the Presidency. A recent conference of the Reichstag is in session. 1-Reuss. 2-Scheidemann. 3-Loudsberg. 4-Hoase. 5-Preseident Ebert. 6-Barth.

Friedrich Ebert (February 4, 1871 – February 28, 1925) was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He was the first President of Germany, from 1919 until his death in office in 1925.

Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

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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