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A jeep load of soldiers patrol Hough Avenue in Cleveland where the trouble started

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Charles Knoblock (aka Charles E. Knoblock)

(c. 1917 - 2006, Charlotte, NC)

A jeep load of soldiers patrol Hough Avenue in Cleveland where the trouble started, July 21, 1966
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (17.15 x 23.81 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: P2021.13.1166

Patrol Duty: after a third straight night of rioting and violence in Cleveland, National Guardsmen continue their vigilance in the strife torn area. A jeep load of soldiers patrol Hough Avenue where the trouble started. The building in the background burned to the ground after firemen left their hoses when they were fired upon by snipers.

The Hough Riots were riots in the predominantly-black community of Hough (pronounced "Huff") in Cleveland, Ohio. They took place from July 18 to 23, 1966. During the riots, four black people were killed, and 50 people were injured. There were 275 arrests and numerous incidents of arson and fire bombings. City officials at first blamed black nationalist and communist organizations for the riots, but historians generally dismiss these claims today. Historians say that the cause of the Hough Riots was primarily poverty and racism. The riots caused rapid population loss and economic decline in the area, which lasted at least five decades after the riots.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, date, date stamp and newspaper stamp.

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: 6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (17.15 x 23.81 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 15/16 in. (19.05 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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