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Leathernecks halt to salute the American flag. It went up soon after Americans captured Rai, Japan’s Marshall Islands stronghold., February 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. (24.77 x 18.1 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: P2019.21.726

Commentary
Leathernecks halted momentarily in the mop-up of Rai to salute the American flag as it went up, soon after the capture of Japan’s Marshall Island stronghold. In background is the remains of a three-story concrete blockhouse knocked out during the bombardment, February 1944.

Dimensions
Sheet: 10 11/16 x 8 1/16

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: 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. (24.77 x 18.1 cm)

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