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President Kennedy will reportedly send the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Senate today. Marshall is shown in 1960 as a federal appellate judge., September 23, 1961
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
9 3/16 x 5 7/16 in. (23.34 x 13.81 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.150

May Be Nominated: President Kennedy will reportedly send the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Senate today. Marshall is shown above in 1960 as a federal appellate judge. Marshall, long-time counsel for the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, would be the second black appointed to a federal circuit court of appeals. The first was Judge William Hastie, who now sits on the appellate bench in Philadelphia.

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was an American lawyer and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th Justice and its first black Justice. Marshall established a private legal practice in Baltimore before founding the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he served as Executive Director. In that position, he argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Smith v. Allwright, Shelley v. Kraemer, and Brown v. Board of Education, which held that racial segregation in public education is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall as the United States Solicitor General. In 1967, Johnson successfully nominated Marshall to the Supreme Court to succeed retiring Associate Justice Tom C. Clark.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title, date stamps and newspaper caption affixed.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 5 7/16 in. (23.34 x 13.81 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 6 1/8 in. (25.4 x 15.56 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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