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Whippets--British Mark A Whippet tanks--are one of the strongest elements in an infantry advance, for mopping up machine gun nests and dugouts, 1916-1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.152

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---Baby Tanks Are Indispensable! The way these Whippets whipped through the Hindenburg Line made German fly for their lives. They are one of the very strongest elements in an infantry advance, for mopping up machine gun nests and dugouts. Americans are in charge of this tank. Canadian official photograph. (Speed Up the Loan! Buy More Bonds!)

The Medium Mark A Whippet was a British tank of the First World War. Whippets arrived late in the war, at a time when the entire British Army was quite inactive as it recovered from the offensives in Flanders. Whippets first went into action in March 1918. They proved very useful covering the fighting withdrawal of infantry divisions recoiling from the German onslaught during the Spring Offensive.

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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