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Waves of landing craft speed attacking U.S. Marines toward the beach of Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, in the invasion and capture of that Marshall Islands base, February 18, 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 9/16 x 9 7/8 in. (19.21 x 25.08 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.742

First, second and third waves of landing craft (upper left) speed attacking Marines toward the beach of Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, in the American invasion and capture of that Japanese Marshall Islands base on February 18th. Note the heavy smoke screen covering the landing maneuver, c. 1944.

Sheet: 8 1/16 x 10 7/16

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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