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Reconnaissance picture of the Nazi airfield and aircraft works at Villacoublay, near Paris, just four hours after a raid by Flying Fortresses, August 1943
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 13/16 x 8 1/2 in. (17.3 x 21.59 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: P2019.21.220

Commentary
Reconnaissance picture of the Nazi airfield and aircraft works at Villacoublay, near Paris, just four hours after a recent raid by Flying Fortresses. Nine buildings, including hangars, workshops, and assembly plants, are either partially or wholly demolished by fire or explosives. The airfield, marked by 450 bomb craters, has been declared out of service. The remains of ten planes are visible in the ruins. This plant group was turning out at least 25 Focke-Wulf fighters each month. In addition, it is believed to have been used for the assembly of Junkers 52 transports and the repair of Heinkel III bombers, France, August 1943.

Dimensions
Sheet: 7 1/8 x 9
Overall: 7 1/4 x 9

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 13/16 x 8 1/2 in. (17.3 x 21.59 cm)

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