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A pall of smoke fills the sky over Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 after the Japanese attacked, December 7, 1941 (printed 1942)
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.37 x 24.13 cm)

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.141

A pall of smoke fills the sky over Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 after the Japanese attacked. The capsized minelayer USS Oglala is in the foreground. To the left appears the moored 10,000-ton cruiser Helena, struck by a bomb. Beyond is the superstructure of the USS Pennsylvania, and at the right is the USS Maryland, burning. At right center the destroyer Shaw is ablaze in dry-dock. The trim light cruiser Helena will long be remembered as one of Uncle Sam’s finest warships. Before being sunk on July 6, with her guns firing, she was credited with a toll of nine Japanese warships herself and “assists” on sinking two more and damaging five others. During the Pearl Harbor raid, she shot down six Japanese planes. Hawaii.

Printed for one year anniversary.

Illustrated: Getty Editorial # 92425472.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10

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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