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German sailors from the ship Orinoco carry their baggage to a place of concentration in Mexico. They will remain in Tampico under control of immigration authorities., April 1941
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 x 8 1/4 in. (15.24 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: P2019.21.805

German sailors en route to concentration camp in Tampico, Mexico: German sailors from the crew of the “Orinoco” are carrying their baggage to the place of concentration in Mexico. They are part of the 1,300 members of eight crews of German and Italian vessels that were taken over by the Mexican government. They will remain in Tampico under the control of immigration authorities, April 1941.

Sheet: 7 x 8 7/8

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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