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To reduce waste in camp kitchens, the War Office has allowed women cooks into field kitchens. A lady cook instructs soldiers to cook by the Seyer stove, Dartford, Kent, England., c. 1915
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 1/8 x 8 1/8 in. (15.56 x 20.64 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.739

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

The Women's Legion Fights Against Army Waste. Through an enterprising scheme originated by Lady Londonderry, there is a lessening of the senseless wastefulness at Camp kitchens, caused perhaps by the inefficiency of the male regimental cooks. All this is now being remedied by the War Office, who have allowed a large number of women cooks to work at the field kitchens. The women will also instruct soldiers in the best methods of preparing their comrades' food. These women cooks are members of the Women's Legion and wear neat khaki costumes. Our photo shows the lady cook instructing young soldiers to cook by the Seyer stove, Dartford, Kent, England.

Sheet: 6 9/16 x 8 1/2

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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