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Democrat Carl B. Stokes, who came within 2,458 votes of being Cleveland's first black mayor, smiles even in defeat, November 3, 1965
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 x 9 9/16 in. (17.78 x 24.29 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: P2021.13.205

Still Smiling, Still Fighting: Democrat Carl B. Stokes, who came within 2,458 votes of being Cleveland's first black mayor, smiles even in defeat. He said today he will file a court action to stop Mayor Ralph S. Locher's inauguration on Monday to insure his right to a recount, Cleveland, Ohio.

Carl Burton Stokes (1927-1996) was an Democratic politician and diplomat who served as the 51st Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected in, 1967, he was the first black elected mayor of a major U.S. city. As Mayor, Stokes opened city hall jobs to blacks and women. He was known as a strong administrator, and he is remembered for his vision and motivation. He also initiated "Cleveland: Now!", a public and private funding program aimed at the revitalization of Cleveland neighborhoods. Stokes was reelected in 1969.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: 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: 7 x 9 9/16 in. (17.78 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in. (20.48 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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