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Picture snapped through the windows of the bridge of a British destroyer, showing another destroyer that is also on submarine patrol duty, November 1939
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.92

An unusual picture, snapped through the windows of a British destroyer's bridge, showing another destroyer also on submarine patrol duty on the high seas. Britain boasts of some splendid work in the never-ending fight against the U-boat menace, both in the World War and in the European war now raging. Once sighted, a U-boat has small chance for escape from the destroyer with deadly depth bombs, November 1939.

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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