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Navy amphibian bulldozes over terrain that is otherwise inaccessible during tests. They are now in production at Graham-Paige Motor Corp. in Detroit., July 1942
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (18.73 x 26.67 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.407

Detroit, Michigan---Navy amphibian bulldozes its way on land: Pushing over trees and smashing underbrush like toothpicks, a big amphibean tractor runs through its tests over terrain otherwise inaccessible except by axe and brawn. The Navy has begun to accept delivery on the land-and-water battleships now in production at the Graham-Paige Motor Corp. plant here, July 1942.

Sheet: 7 15/16 x 10 11/16

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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