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Southern senators met to discuss plans to present a pledge to the Senate to use "all lawful means" to upset the Supreme Court's ban on school segregation, March 12, 1956
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 11/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.99 x 20.96 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: P2021.13.1389

A group of Southern senators met at the Capitol to discuss plans for presenting to the Senate for signatures a pledge to use "all lawful means" to upset the Supreme Court's ban on school segregation. Senator Walter F. George (Democrat- Georgia) was picked to present the document to the Senate.

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 11/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.99 x 20.96 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 9 in. (18.1 x 22.86 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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