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General Dwight Eisenhower lays a wreath on the grave of Franklin Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt looks on, Hyde Park, New York., July 10, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.128

Ike Visits Grave of F.D.R.: Supreme Allied Commander, Army Geneneral Dwight Eisenhower, lays a wreath on the grave of his late Commander-in-Chief, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The late president's widow, Eleanor Roosevelt, looks on, Hyde Park, New York, July 10, 1945.

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 450710044.

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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