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Smoke clouds tower from bomb hits made by Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Eighth Air Force during a large-scale attack on Berlin

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United States Army Air Force Photographer



Smoke clouds tower from bomb hits made by Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Eighth Air Force during a large-scale attack on Berlin, 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in. (25.56 x 18.73 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.264

Commentary
Smoke clouds tower from bomb hits made by Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Eighth Air Force during a large-scale attack on Berlin on March 6th, 1944. The bombers were escorted by Army Air Force fighters. They ran into large groups of enemy fighters over the target area and on the return trip. This is one of the first original prints of pictures taken during Berlin raids to reach the U.S., 1944.

Materials
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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  • Overall Dimensions: 10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in. (25.56 x 18.73 cm)

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