Bells taken from French churches at a German railroad station, 1914-1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
Germans Rob French Churches of Bells! This photograph taken from a German prisoner who was captured in the Oise District proves Kultur’s respect for the church. All places of worship are robbed of their decorations and bells, to be made into infernal machines of death. Here are some French church bells at a German railroad station.
On recto: Clear label attached near bottom right corner, "Copyright by / Underwood & Underwood, N. Y. / From Elliott Service Co., N. Y."
On verso: Typewritten label attached in center, "Huns Rob French Churches Of Bells! / This photograph taken from a German prisoner cap- / tured in the Oise District, proves Kultur's respect for / the church. All places of worship are robbed of their / decorations and bells to be made into infernal machines / of death. Here are seen some French church bells / at a German railroad station. / PHOTOGRAPHS FURNISHED BY ELLIOT SERVICE CO., 461-479 Eighth Avenue, New York. I-I-AH-1643 B". Handwritten in graphite in top left corner, "UU-049".
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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