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A consignment of ferrets ready to be dispatched to the trenches to help British soldiers, c. 1915
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
8 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (20.64 x 15.56 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.650

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

Ferrets for the Trenches -- Aid for Tommies in Their Rat Hunts: Ferrets have been added to the list of trench equipment for our soldiers. Over a thousand of these furry animals have been sent to the front by Mr. William Nelson. He is the Ashford Ferret dealer who claims to be the largest ferret dealer in the world. He has a son fighting in France. A consignment of ferrets ready to be dispatched to the trenches, England.

Sheet: 8 7/16 x 6 1/2

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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