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Part of the deck of a Corvette, with depth charges in racks ready for action. These ships are built specially to combat submarines., February 1941
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: P2019.21.93

Commentary
Shipyards of the British Empire are building a new type of warship called the “Corvette” that may be the answer to Hitler’s threat of intensified submarine warfare that he announced in his Munich speech February 24th. The photo shows part of the deck of a Corvette, with depth charges in racks ready for action. These ships are built specially to combat submarines. They carry crews of 50 to 60, and although smaller and less speedy than destroyers, are armed with the same anti-submarine weapons, February 1941.

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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