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Prince Chambliss, 16, (foreground) a black honor student from Birmingham, Alabama, was admitted to the Ridgefield, Connecticut high school, November 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 11/16 x 7 15/16 in. (16.99 x 20.16 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: P2021.13.273

Commentary
Accepted: Prince Chambliss, 16, (foreground) a black honor student from Birmingham, Alabama, was admitted to the Ridgefield, Connecticut high school this week. The town was thrown into a turmoil when the Board of Education ruled he was a nonresident and could not attend the school because of overcrowding. The rule was finally waived, and Chambliss was allowed to enroll. He was brought north by a group formed to help students in educationally-deprived areas, Birmingham, Alabama.

Marks
On verso: manuscript title, Associated Press stamp, date stamps, newspaper stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

Materials
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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Dimensions
  • Overall Dimensions: 6 11/16 x 7 15/16 in. (16.99 x 20.16 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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