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Third-grade students at Fort Myer in Virginia recite the pledge of allegiance. Some schools are open to black students for the first time, September 1954
Vintage wire photograph on paper
5 9/16 x 8 3/8 in. (14.13 x 21.27 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: P2021.13.602

Commentary
They Bring New Friends: School bells rang out for a new year of classes in Minneapolis suburbs and in many other cities across the nation today. At Fort Myer and Fort Belvoir in Virginia, some schools were opened to black students for the first time, although civilian schools in Virginia remain segregated. At right, third-grade students at Fort Myer recite the pledge of allegiance.

Marks
On verso: manuscript title, United Press Associations stamp, date stamps and newspaper caption affixed.

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
  • Overall Dimensions: 5 9/16 x 8 3/8 in. (14.13 x 21.27 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin


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