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Fifteen senators launched a determined effort to pass effective Civil Rights legislation, January 29, 1959
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 9/16 x 8 in. (16.67 x 20.32 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: P2021.13.1387

Fifteen senators launched a determined effort to pass "effective" Civil Rights legislation and, in effect, challenged the Eisenhower Administration to support them. Shown at a press conference explaining the broad Civil Rights Bill are (left to right): Senator Gordon Allott, Republican from Colorado; Senator Jacob Javits, Republican from New York; Senator Paul Douglas, Democrat from Illinois; and Senator Joseph Clark, Democrat from Pennsylvania.

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: date stamp and newspaper 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: 6 9/16 x 8 in. (16.67 x 20.32 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 x 9 1/8 in. (17.78 x 23.18 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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