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Exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

"Great Guns!" New York Tribune, Graphic Section, May 20 1917. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (050.00.00)

Great Guns!

This wartime New York Tribune rotogravure features a spread on the manufacture of artillery at Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From April 1917 to the end of the war, Bethlehem produced more than sixty-five percent of the total number of finished artillery pieces manufactured by all of the allied nations. In order to meet the demand, Bethlehem Steel invested more than $1 million to expand their plant. During the war, leading newspapers took advantage of rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations—even on inexpensive newsprint paper—to create vivid new pictorial sections for their readers.