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President Truman, with members of his cabinet and family, gives reporters the text of the Japanese acceptance of Allied surrender terms, August 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 11/16 x 8 3/8 in. (19.53 x 21.27 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.676

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #4508140136.

Truman announces Japanese surrender: President Truman, with members of his cabinet and family seated around him, gives reporters gathered around desk at left the text of the Japanese note accepting Allied surrender terms. Secretary of State Byrnes is seated at Truman’s back, and second from left is Mrs. Truman, August 1945.

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 8 13/16

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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