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Toby Massey



Mrs. Coretta King, left, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., is accompanied by SCLC officials and a security guard as she arrives at Memphis Airport to join the Poor People's Campaign, May 1, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. (17.94 x 24.13 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: P2021.13.41

Commentary
King's Widow Arrives for March: Mrs. Coretta King, left, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., is accompanied by Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) officials and a security guard, extreme right, as she arrives at Memphis Airport Wednesday afternoon to join the Poor People's Campaign, which was planned by her late husband.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Bibliography
Associated Press ID #680501030

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. (17.94 x 24.13 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 15/16 x 10 1/4 in. (20.16 x 26.04 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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