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After the Allies chased the Nazis out of Sicily, a family’s possessions are being carted back to their home from a hill hide-out, November 1943
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 5/16 x 6 9/16 in. (18.57 x 16.67 cm)

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: P2019.21.465

Every day after the Nazis had been chased out of Sicily by the Allies, Sicilian peasants who had fled to the hills reappeared in the home towns. This photo shows a family’s possessions being carted back to the family’s home from a hill hide-out. Life is back to normal in Sicily, November 1943.

Sheet: 8 7/8 x 7 1/16

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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