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Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels presents diplomas to the largest graduating class in the Naval Academy's history, Annapolis, Maryland, 1917-1918
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: P2020.6.483

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

Commentary
Future Admirals Start Career as Ensigns! This year's graduating class at Annapolis is the largest in the history of the Academy, and it set a record by completing the four year course in three years on account of the war emergency. Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels is presenting the diplomas. W. McL. Hague, an enlisted man, won the highest honors, Annapolis, Maryland.

Marks
Recto: "Copyright by G.V. Buck, / from Underwood & Underwood, N.Y. / Elliot Service Company, N.Y. Distributors." printed in bottom right corner.
Verso: 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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