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United States Marine Corps Photographer



A Sherman tank advancing on a Japanese cave position struck an enemy land mine, overturned, and caught fire. Four members of the crew lost their lives., June 8, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 1/4 x 6 in. (20.96 x 15.24 cm)

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.505

Commentary
Diptych. Marine Tank Victim of Japanese Landmine: A U.S. Marine, General Sherman Tank, advancing on a Japanese cave position struck an enemy land mine, overturned, and caught fire. Four members of the crew lost their lives in the flames, which set off the ammunition inside the tank. In the photo above, ammunition explodes, engulfing the vehicle in smoke and flames. Note tracers flying through the heavy smoke. Below is the wreckage of the Marine tank after flames were extinguished. One crew member, thrown clear by the mine blast, escaped, June 8, 1945.

Dimensions
Top Image: 4 1/8 x 5 7/8

Bottom Image: 4 1/8 x 6

Sheet: 8 7/8 x 6 1/2

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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  • Image Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 6 in. (20.96 x 15.24 cm)

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