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American infantrymen running across the wrecked town square of Itri in pursuit of retreating Germans during the big Allied offensive underway in Italy, 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.34

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

Commentary
Charging Thru Itri in Big Push: American infantrymen are shown running across the wrecked town square of Itri in pursuit of retreating Germans during the big Allied offensive underway in Italy. In the right background is an abandoned Germany artillery piece. Effects of terrific Allied bombardment can be plainly seen in battered buildings.

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.

Marks
On recto: Label in bottom right corner, "DISPATCH / PHOTO NEWS / SERVICE / INC. / NEW YORK".

On verso: Typewritten label attached in center, "CHARGING THRU ITRI IN BIG PUSH / American infantrymen are shown running across the wrecked town square of Itri in / pursuit of retreating Germans in the big Allied offensive underway in Italy. In right / background is an abandoned German artillery piece. Effects of terrific Allied bombard- / ment can be plainly seen in battered buildings. Produced Exclusively by Dispatch Photo News Service, New York City". Handwritten in graphite in top left corner, "DP-WW2-034".

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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