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After arrival in New York aboard the transport West Point, members of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin transferred to this cutter, which brought them ashore for internment, July 11, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 7/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.35 x 20.96 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: P2019.21.535

Commentary
Japanese Internees Arrive Aboard West Point, New York: After their arrival in New York today (July 11) aboard the Navy transport West Point, members of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin were transferred to this cutter, which brought them ashore for internment. Their destinations were not disclosed. As the Japanese were taken from the transport, various derisive comments floated down to them from the 7,607 American troops who had shared the voyage with them from Europe. One Yank watching the Japanese debark said to reporters, “What do you want to pay any attention to them for? We’re much nicer.” July 11, 1945.

Dimensions
Sheet: 7 x 8 7/8

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: 6 7/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.35 x 20.96 cm)

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