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Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth pay a surprise visit to the Bermondsey district of London and make a tour of air raid shelters, September 11, 1939
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.547

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #390911058.

Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth paid a surprise visit to the Bermondsey district of London on September 11, 1939. They made a tour of the air raid shelters and inspected other preparation made to protect the population from air attack. The King was wearing the uniform of Marshal of the Air Force, and the Queen was dressed in powder blue. They both carried their gas masks. The royal visitors were received by Sir John Anderson, the Minister for Home Security, and the Mayor of Bermondsey, who accompanied them on their tour. Both the King and Queen chattered with several of the A.R.P. [Air Raid Precautions] workers on duty. When they left in the royal car they were enthusiastically mobbed by the crowd. Sir John Anderson is seen, bareheaded reading the paper, behind the Queen, London, England.

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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