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Ruins of St. Thomas Hospital after it was struck by Nazi bombs. This doctor set up a first aid station in a clearing in the debris., November 1940
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: P2019.21.553

In the background are the grim ruins of St. Thomas Hospital after it was struck by Nazi bombs. But the work of tending the wounded must still go on. This doctor has heroically set up a first aid station in a little clearing in the debris, where he worked heroically until he almost died, November 1940.

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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