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Camouflaged United States tanks pass through Coutances, France, July 30, 1944 (printed 1989)
Ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 5/8 x 8 9/16 in. (16.83 x 21.75 cm)

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: P2019.21.215

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 6407031191.

The French town of Coutances was a key point in the Allied breakout from Normandy in July, 1944. After the breakthrough on July 25, motorized and armored divisions moved toward Coutances, 16 miles away, in a plan to seal off the Brittany peninsula. They reached Coutances in 55 hours, in a breakout that ended any chance of Nazi victory in World War II. Here, camouflaged United States tanks pass through Coutances July 30, 1944.

Sheet: 7 1/16 x 9

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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