Gas-masked infantrymen charge through a cloud of smoke at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, April 1941
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.73 x 23.81 cm)
Demonstrating for the benefit of Army day visitors, gas-masked infantrymen charge through a cloud of smoke at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, April 1941.
Sheet: 8 x 9 1/2
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)
This object has the following keywords:
- Camp Bowie
- Chemical attack drills
- Chemical warfare
- Chemical weapons
- Gas masks
- Training maneuvers
- U.S. Infantry
- United States Army
- World War II
- Image Dimensions: 7 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (18.73 x 23.81 cm)
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