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Robert Lynskey of the Chicago Police inspects a detail of officers at the Chicago Coliseum. Police will stand guard outside during the Black Muslim convention., February 26, 1965
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/4 x 9 3/16 in. (17.15 x 23.34 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: P2021.13.1096

Police Form to Guard Black Muslim Convention: Robert Lynskey (left), commander of the Chicago Police Department task force, inspects a detail of officers in the lobby of the Chicago Coliseum today under the watchful eyes of two members of the Black Muslims. Police will stand guard outside the building during the Black Muslim convention over the next three days to prevent reprisals for the slaying of Malcolm X.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, Associated Press stamp and date 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: 6 3/4 x 9 3/16 in. (17.15 x 23.34 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in. (20.48 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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