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The greatest invasion fleet in history—more than 2,000 vessels: Allied soldiers and supplies make their way to Sicily, July 1943
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 3/16 x 8 1/4 in. (15.72 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.439

Commentary
The greatest invasion fleet in history—more than 2,000 vessels: Allied soldiers and supplies make their way to Sicily. This photo was made by a British Army film unit and was sent by radio from Algiers by the OWL, July 1943.

Dimensions
Sheet: 6 7/16 x 9 5/16

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 3/16 x 8 1/4 in. (15.72 x 20.96 cm)

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