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Representative Adam Powell, Jr., Harlem's Democratic Congressman, tells newsmen of his decision to support President Eisenhower for reelection, October 12, 1956
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 7/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23.97 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: P2021.13.156

Commentary
Will Work for Ike: Representative Adam Powell, Jr., Harlem's Democratic Congressman, tells newsmen of his decision to support President Eisenhower for reelection. His announcement followed his conference with the President at the White House yesterday. Powell, who backed Adlai Stevenson in 1952, said he made up his mind to support Eisenhower, because he is pleased with the President's attitude regarding various Civil Rights matters, Washington DC.

Adam Clayton Powell (1908-1972) was a Baptist pastor and an American politician who represented Harlem in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first person of black descent to be elected to Congress from New York. Re-elected for nearly three decades, Powell became a powerful national politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a national spokesman on Civil Rights and social issues. In 1961, Powell became Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, the most powerful position held by a black person in Congress. He supported the passage of important social and Civil Rights legislation under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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

Materials
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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 9 7/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23.97 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.64 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin


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