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A group of Americans captured this brand new German machine gun at St. Mihiel, September 1918
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: P2020.6.189

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

Commentary
Photos of Latest U .S. Army and Navy War News--Trophies Captured by Americans at St. Mihiel: This German machine gun surrounded by a group of Americans is brand new and has never fired a shot. While fighting in the St. Mihiel salient, these crafty Yanks surprised the German gun crew and captured the gun before it could be fired.

The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a major World War I battle fought from September 12-15, 1918. It involved the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and 110,000 French troops under the command of U.S. General John J. Pershing against German troops. The U.S. Army Air Service played a significant role in this action. This battle marked the first use of the terms "D-Day" and "H-Hour" by the Americans.

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

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.

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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