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Red Army troops in the Moscow district disembark from a pontoon boat they used to cross a river during maneuvers, September 1938
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.921

Commentary
Soviet Army in fall maneuvers: Soviet troops engaged in the autumn maneuvers of the Red Army in the Moscow military district are shown disembarking from a pontoon boat on which they crossed a river. Like the rest of Europe, Russia has hundreds of thousands of men engaged in maneuvers as war looms, Moscow, Russia, September 1938.

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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