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No deck space is wasted on this Coast Guard LST as it nears Japanese-held Cape Gloucester, New Britain. U.S. Marines line the rails waiting to storm the shore., December 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 7/16 x 7 1/4 in. (21.43 x 18.42 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.853

Not an inch of deck space is wasted on this Coast Guard manned LST (landing ship, tanks), as it nears the shore of Japanese-held Cape Gloucester, New Britain in late December 1944. U.S. Marines line the rails, awaiting the signal to storm the shore and secure positions.

Sheet: 8 11/16 x 7 5/8

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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