German VWs Made to Look Like Tanks, Margaret Bourke-White
Margaret Bourke-White
German VWs Made to Look Like Tanks
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Margaret Bourke-White

German VWs Made to Look Like Tanks, 1932


Blatt
19.3 x 33.7 cm
Passepartout
50 x 40 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.3587
Acquisition
Acquired in 2018 with funds from the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

‘Dummy tanks of tin with wooden “Quaker guns” are the first evidence of Germany’s overt attempts to rearm in 1934, one year after Hitler came to power.’ This was the commentary in Life Magazine on Margaret Bourke-White’s 1932 photo, which had already been published previously in Fortune under the title ‘Marching as to war, the dummy tanks roll over the parade ground’. The American photojournalist gained renown in the 1930s with her reports on Russian, American, and German industry. After the outbreak of World War II, the demand for her photos skyrocketed. Bourke-White was the American army’s first official female war correspondent.

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Title
German VWs Made to Look Like Tanks
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
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Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso oben Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Fake Tanks, Germany 1932
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Stempel: ARCHIVALLY REPROCESSED 19 _
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich im Stempel: 75

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Estate of Margaret Bourke-White/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Acquisition
Acquired in 2018 with funds from the Werner Wirthle bequest

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  • 45E3 military vehicles

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19.02.2024