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A civilian guard checks the credentials of a driver entering the parking lot at non-integrated Hall High School in Little Rock, September 17, 1958
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 11/16 x 9 1/8 in. (16.99 x 23.18 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: P2021.13.1574

Commentary
Check Point at Closed High School: An unarmed civilian guard stops to check the credentials of a driver entering the parking lot at non-integrated Hall High School this morning. Hall High is one of four Little Rock high schools closed by Governor Faubus. A youngster at right rolls her hoop on her way to an elementary grade class in session at Hall because of crowded conditions at elementary schools.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: Associated Press stamp and date 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: 6 11/16 x 9 1/8 in. (16.99 x 23.18 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (18.42 x 23.5 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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