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A 61-year-old Chamorro woman on Saipan looks over photos displayed by T/Sgt. Don Brown of Vallejo, California, July 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/8 x 7 9/16 in. (16.19 x 19.21 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: P2019.21.723

Commentary
A 61-year-old Chamorro woman on Saipan looks over photos displayed by T/Sgt. Don Brown of Vallejo, California. Brown is a member of a Marine band, July 1944.

Dimensions
Sheet: 6 3/4 x 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 3/8 x 7 9/16 in. (16.19 x 19.21 cm)

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