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Squatting on the sand of Saipan in the Marianas Islands, a Coast Guardsman keeps watch on the beach—and his breakfast—a chicken tied to a post behind him., July 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print with applied pigment on paper
7 1/8 x 5 9/16 in. (18.1 x 14.13 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.725

Squatting on the sands of embattled Saipan Island in the Marianas, a Coast Guardsman keeps watch over a beach area—and his breakfast. “Breakfast” is the chicken tied to a post behind him. It is probably scheduled for cooking and dressing next time the chow bell sounds, July 1944.

Sheet: 7 7/8 x 6

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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