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Bob Franklin (center), defensive halfback with the Cleveland Browns, leaves Franklin Field in Philadelphia. He was ordered to report for duty with the Mississippi National Guard., September 30, 1962
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (24.13 x 16.83 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: P2021.13.1475

Browns Player Recalled To Mississippi Guard: Bob Franklin (center), 25-year-old defensive halfback with the Cleveland Browns pro-football team, leaves Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Browns lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 35-7. Earlier today, Franklin was ordered to report for duty with the Mississippi National Guard, which was federalized by President Kennedy to cope with the integration crisis in Mississippi. Franklin is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. At right is Browns running back Jimmy Brown. The man at left is unidentified.

The Ole Miss riot of 1962, or Battle of Oxford, was an incident of mob violence by proponents of racial segregation beginning the night of September 30, 1962. Segregationists were protesting the enrollment of James Meredith, an black veteran, at the University of Mississippi (known affectionately as Ole Miss) at Oxford, Mississippi. Federal and U.S. state law enforcement were dispatched to accompany Meredith during his registration to maintain civil order, but a riot erupted on campus. Two civilians, one a French journalist, were killed during the night, and over 300 people were injured, including one-third of the federal law enforcement personnel deployed.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title and Associated Press stamp.

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: 9 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (24.13 x 16.83 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.64 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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