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Byron H. Rollins

(1913 - 1988)

President Eisenhower and 88-year-old Matthew Henson at the White House with Mrs. Henson. Henson reached the North Pole with Robert E. Peary's expedition in 1909., April 6, 1954
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (18.42 x 21.59 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.1292

Explorer Visits President: President Dwight Eisenhower and Matthew Henson, 88-year-old black man from New York, stand at a White House globe with Mrs. Henson today as they talk over an event of 45 years ago. On April 6, 1909, Henson reached the North Pole as a member of Robert E. Peary's expedition. Henson is the last survivor of the group of six men who planted the Stars and Stripes on the pole.

On verso: manuscript date, Associated Press stamp and typewritten label with title and date affixed.

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 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (18.42 x 21.59 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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