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The special Victory Loan Committee train was stopped in San Fernando, California by William S. Hart, the famous two-gun man of the movies, and his gang, 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.431

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

Commentary
Victory Loan Train Held Up! The Victory Loan campaign started off on April 21 with a holdup. The train thundered through the town of San Fernando, California at the dizzy speed of five miles an hour. The special Victory Loan Committee train was stopped by William S. Hart, the famous two-gun man of the movies, and his gang. The train is touring the Southwestern states. (Victory Is Worth What It Costs - Invest!)

To help finance the war effort and build patriotism, the U.S. Treasury issued securities termed “Liberty Bonds” in June and October 1917 and in May and October 1918. A fifth and final issue, termed the Victory Liberty Loan or Victory Loan, was issued in May 1919 to consolidate short-term debt issued during the war.

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

Technique
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.

Materials
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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