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Greek troops parading in ceremonial uniforms. They are preparing to meet war, should it reach Southeastern Europe., May 7, 1940
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (18.73 x 24.13 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: P2019.21.279

Illustrated: 4005071214.

Troops of Greece are preparing to meet war, should it make its way into Southeastern Europe. These troops are parading in ceremonial uniforms, May 7, 1940. Note the skirted uniform does not call for carrying a full war kit.

Sheet: 8 x 9 9/16

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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