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The Martinsyde plane seen a few minutes before she hopped off on her trans-Atlantic flight, 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.284

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

The Martinsyde Plane Ready to Cross Atlantic: The Martinsyde plane seen a few minutes before she hopped off on her trans-Atlantic flight. Just as she was leaving the ground, she crashed into a rocky cliff, injuring aviators Rynham and Morgan. The damage to the plane has been repaired, and she is now waiting for favorable weather conditions to attempt the flight.

Martinsyde Ltd. became Britain's third largest aircraft manufacturer during World War I, with flight sheds at Brooklands and a large factory in nearby Woking.

Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

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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