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Dr. John A. Hannah and Dean Robert G. Storey at a news conference in Montgomery before the Civil Rights Commission's first hearing on alleged vote discrimination in Alabama, December 7, 1958
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (17.15 x 21.27 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: P2021.13.1372

Dr. John A. Hannah, Chairman of the Civil Rights Commission, and Commission Vice Chairman Dean Robert G. Storey answer a barrage of questions at a news conference in Montgomery on the eve of the agency's first hearing on alleged vote discrimination against blacks in Alabama. Both commissioners declined to say what the agency will do if public officials defy subpoenas ordering that registration records be presented at the hearing. The hearing opens at 9 am.

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: United Press International 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 8 3/8 in. (17.15 x 21.27 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 9 in. (18.1 x 22.86 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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