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German prisoners coming in across the mud fields, while British Tommies are advancing in the distance, c. 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: P2020.6.141

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---Tide of Battles Set Strong for Allies: German prisoners coming in across the mud fields, while British Tommies are advancing in the distance. Field Marshal Foch now has all of his armies driving forward from the channel to Metz, France. British official photograph.

Ferdinand Foch (1851- 1929) was a French general and military theorist who served as the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War. An aggressive, even reckless, commander at the First Marne, Flanders, and Artois campaigns of 1914–1916, Foch became the Allied Commander-in-Chief in late March 1918 in the face of the all-out German Spring Offensive. That offensive pushed the Allies back by using fresh soldiers and new tactics that trenches could not contain. Foch successfully coordinated the French, British and American efforts into a coherent whole, deftly handling his strategic reserves. He stopped the German offensive and launched a war-winning counterattack. In November 1918, Marshal Foch accepted the German cessation of hostilities and was present at the armistice of November 11, 1918.

Marks
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, "PHOTOS OF LATEST U. S. ARMY AND NAVY WAR NEWS / Tide Of Battle Sets Strong For Allies / German prisoners are seen coming in across the mud / fields while in the distance British Tommies are advanc- / ing. Field Marshal Foch now has all his armies driv- / ing forward from the channel to Metz. British official / photo. / PHOTOGRAPHS FURNISHED BY ELLIOT SERVICE CO., 461-479 Eighth Avenue, New York. I-AH-AH-1650 C". Handwritten in graphite in top left corner, "UU-051".

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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