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More than 1000 Air Corps recruits at the Recruit Reception Center at Randolph Field, Texas, March 1941
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
8 3/8 x 6 11/16 in. (21.27 x 16.99 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: P2019.21.340

Multiply the vocal efforts of one Air Corps recruit by 1025 and you’ll have a roar that drowns out the mightiest efforts of the 450-horsepower planes at Randolph Field, Texas. In addition to its normal task of training 4,500 Flying Cadets annually, the “West Point of the Air” has been designated as a Recruit Reception Center for Air Corps men from the Southwest. When the photographer asked them for a cheer, the thousand-odd youngsters broke into a roar that dwarfed the best efforts of a flight of training planes warming up on the ramp nearby, March 1941.

Sheet: 8 7/8 x 7

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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