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85,000 "tin lids" have just arrived from General Pershing. The German helmets will be distributed as prizes during the coming Victory Loan., 1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.150

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

Commentary
85,000 German Helmets brought to America! 85,000 "tin lids" have just arrived from General John Pershing to be distributed as prizes during the coming Victory Loan. Helmets from every German division are represented in this collection. They will be highly prized as war trophies by those who receive them.

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, "85,000 GERMAN HELMETS BROUGHT TO AMERICA! / 85,000 'tin lids' have just arrived from General / Pershing to be distributed as prizes during the coming / 'Victory Loan'. Helmets from every German Division / are represented in this collection. They will be highly / prized as war trophies by those who receive them. / UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD NEWS PHOTOGRAPHS ELLIOTT SERVICE CO. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS 141-145 West 36th St., NEW YORK B 1791". Handwritten in graphite in top left corner, "UU-060".

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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