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At a police command post in Cincinnati, an officer checks the magazine of his high-power rifle as others are issued ammunition, walkie-talkies and tear gas, August 17, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
10 5/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26.19 x 17.62 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: P2021.13.1168

Police Prepare After Racial Disturbances: Two white men were charged with the murder of a black woman in the Avondale section of Cincinnati late Friday night. Early today, squads of off-duty police were called in after bottle, rock throwing, and gunfire occurred in several sections of the city. At a police command post, an officer checks the magazine of his high-power rifle with telescopic sigh as other officers are issued bags of ammunition, walkie-talkies and tear gas weapons.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, date and date 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: 10 5/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26.19 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 7/8 x 7 15/16 in. (27.62 x 20.16 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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