This is an original 1934 photogravure of the Laboe Naval Monument near Kiel, Germany (Deutschland). The monument was completed in 1936, and commemorated the fallen German Navy personnel of World War I. While negotiations were being made after World War I, the admiral, Ludwig von Reuter, decided to scuttle, or sink, the entire German fleet in fear that it would otherwise be divvied up between the Allied powers. The photographer of this image is Ernst Scheel of Hamburg, Germany.
Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of historic original photogravures of the landscape, architecture, and people of pre-war Germany. The actual border around the photogravure is larger than what is shown in the digital image, and each image usually has a caption in German, English, French, and Italian which will be included with the item when shipped. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to the "Size" indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. The total size is approximately two inches larger in width and height. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.
The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate--an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch--the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.
This 77+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.
Keywords specific to this image: Schleswig-Holstein, Kaiserliche Marine, Imperial Navy, Scapa Flow