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Safety drill for passengers aboard a French steamer before entering the barred waters where they may encounter a German submarine, January 15, 1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (18.42 x 23.81 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.587

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

Dress Rehearsal: Every ship traversing the so-called barred zones of the Teutenic war lord [Emperor Wilhelm II] hold daily drills for passengers and crew before they enter the danger zone. This way, everyone will know exactly what he or she will do in the event of meeting a German submarine. This photograph shows such a drill aboard a French steamer. The man speaking is a French officer, commander of the vessel's gun crew. He is giving instructions to the passengers, all of whom are wearing life-belts. The photo was made from the bridge of the vessel, on the eve of the ship's arrival within the "barred waters".

Sheet: 7 7/8 x 10 1/8

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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  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (18.42 x 23.81 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 11/16 x 10 in. (19.53 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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