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Edith Rogers Dahl, wife of Harold E. Dahl, a flier held prisoner in Spain, after receiving word that her husband has been released, February 1940
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (16.83 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.315

Edith Rogers Dahl at the theater where she was appearing today, after receiving word that her husband has been released. Her husband, Harold E. Dahl of Champaign, Illinois, is the flier who has been a prisoner in Spain since he parachuted to earth behind Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s lines on July 12, 1937. Blonde and 35, Mrs. Dahl said, “I’ll wait until it is verified before I get excited.” The couple had been married only six months when Mr. Dahl went to fly for the Loyalists. Mrs. Dahl has made a number of efforts to have him freed, once sending a picture of herself to France. Police in Los Angeles said that Dahl will face trial as a check forger when he returns to the United States, as sources show him to be involved in seven cases of issuing allegedly-worthless checks, February 1940.

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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