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A Leatherneck looks over a Japanese officers’ bathtub on Guadalcanal Island, left behind when Japanese forces left in the face of a Marine assault, August 1942
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.136

“Modern Conveniences” on Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands: The Japanese, who occupied the Solomon Islands until the U.S. Marines unceremoniously chased them out of a half-dozen of them in the start of the first U.S. offensive of the war, brought all the comforts of home with them. Here, a Leatherneck looks over a Japanese officers’ bathtub on Guadalcanal Island. The tub was left behind when the Japanese forces left in a hurry in the face of the Marines’ assault on the island, August 1942.

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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