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Marine figures on the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington hold flag at half-staff in honor of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died yesterday, March 1969
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/16 x 8 11/16 in. (17.94 x 22.07 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.22.8

The Marine figures on the Iwo Jima memorial across the Potomac River from Washington hold the flag at half-staff in honor of former President and Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died yesterday in Washington. The dome of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial are in the background, March 1969

Sheet: 8 x 11

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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