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Dazzle Camouflage Print: Port 171

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Dazzle Camouflage was used during World War I to confuse German U-boats as to the speed and direction of ships. Maurice L. Freedman was a district camoufleur for the 4th district of the U.S. Shipping Board in Florida; his job was to take the dazzle plans and hire painters (artists, house painters) to paint merchant ships accordingly. If the plans needed to be adjusted, this was also his responsibility. Maurice came to RISD after the war and studied drawing and painting. He worked in Providence as a commercial artist and developed one of the first versions of the game Battleship.   While studying at RISD Maurice donated his collection of plans and photos to the Fleet Library at RISD.  The collection was highlighted in a library exhibit and symposium in 2009. Proceeds benefit the Fleet Library at RISD's special collections and exhibitions.  

Print size: 14 x 34, paper size 1 inch border for matting and framing.

Archival Print on an acid free archival [i-e Giclee print] paper.
Paper name: Oce' photo based 7.6 mil Heavy matte acid free paper.

The print(s) are mailed rolled. Dazzle Camouflage items are printed to order, please allow 7 business days to process before shipment.



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Dazzle Camouflage Print: Port 171


Dazzle Camouflage Print: Port 171

Maurice L. Freedman

RISD Alum

Maurice L  Freedman, RISD Alumnus, was the district camoufleur in Florida during World War I.  After the war he attended RISD and donated the dazzle plans and photos.  He was born in New York in 1898 and died in Massachusetts in 1983.  We don’t know much about Maurice.  Hoping someone knows more.



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