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Lagone, Italy fell to Lt. General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army, and residents return home. An old woman is carried down on a stretcher by her family., January 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 11/16 x 6 5/8 in. (16.99 x 16.83 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.106

Scene of many days of bitter fighting, the tiny mountain town of Lagone, Italy fell to warriors of Lt. General Mark Clark’s U.S. Fifth Army. The smoke of battle had hardly cleared before hundreds of residents flocked down from the hills to return to their homes. The pathos of their tragic homecoming to the wrecked, blasted buildings is recorded in this series. These men, women and children are all non-combatants. They find that war is a very personal experience---an experience that has left them with a deep, grim hatred of the Germans. Members of her family carry an old woman down from the hills on a crude stretcher. The woman’s face mirrors the agony that the bumpy journey causes her, January 1944.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 11/16 x 6 5/8 in. (16.99 x 16.83 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 x 7 1/8 in. (22.86 x 18.1 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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