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Germans and Allies at the Supreme HQ War Room in Reims, France. Germans surrendered unconditionally., May 7, 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.90

Representatives of German and Allied nations were present at the Supreme H. Q. War Room in Reims, France on May 7, 1945, where German delegates surrendered unconditionally to Britain, Russia, and the United States. This historic meeting took place in an upstairs room at SHAEF, formerly the College Moderne de Garcons, a school-room in Reims. From left side of table left to right are: German representatives Wilhelm Oxenius, Aide to General Alfred Jodl; and General Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg. Seated far end right side of table are General Frederick Morgan, Dep Cops SHAEF; General Francois Sevez, Cops French Army; Admiral Harold Burrough, Allied Naval Commander; General Walter Bedell Smith, Cops SHAEF; General Kenneth Strong, G-2 SHAEF; General Ivan Susloparov, Russian Army; General Carl Spaatz, U.S. Air Force; Air Marshal James Robb, Dep Cops SHAEF; General Harold Bull, G-3 SHAEF; Col. Yvan Zenkovich, Aide to Russian General Susloparov.

Variant Illustrated: Associated Press ID# 4505071391.

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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