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Artillery practice aboard the Soviet battleship Paris Commune. Apparently light in weight, the shells appear to be dummies., June 1941
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Unknown
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.889

Aboard a Soviet battleship: Most frequently mentioned in dispatches about the Black Sea Fleet of the Soviet Red Navy is the Battleship Paris Commune. Laid down June 3, 1909 under the name Sevastopol and launched as part of the Czarist navy on June 16, 1911, the vessel first took part in naval operations on August 14, 1915. She was active during the remainder of World War I. In 1921, she was renamed the Paris Commune. During the past few years she has been modernized and armed with the newest technical equipment. Some of the training and recreational activities of her crew are shown in a series of pictures. Photo shows artillery practice aboard the Paris Commune. Apparently light in weight, the shells appear to be dummies, June 1941.

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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