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A thundershower soaks the guardsmen walking their post at Central High School in Little Rock, October 2, 1957
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 15/16 x 6 in. (20.16 x 15.24 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Eric Alterman
Accession Number: P2021.21.25

A sudden afternoon thundershower soaks the guardsmen walking their post in front of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Governor Faubus' stand pat reply to President Eisenhower, federalized guardsmen and troopers of the 101st Airborne Division remain at the school.

On verso: date stamp and typewritten label with title and date affixed.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Eric Alterman on December 16, 2021.

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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  • Overall Dimensions: 7 15/16 x 6 in. (20.16 x 15.24 cm)

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