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The destroyer Kocatepe (above) and the cruiser Yavuz (below) in maneuvers, as Turkey responds to reports of Russian troop movements in the Caucasus, October 1939
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (16.83 x 19.05 cm)

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.289

Commentary
Turkey takes military precautions: It became known tonight Turkey has taken precautionary measures after reports of Russian troop movements in the Caucasus. The Turkish fleet was anchored in the Dardanelles Straits. The destroyer Kocatepe (above) and the cruiser Yavuz (below), formerly the German ship Goeben, are shown in maneuvers, October 1939.

Dimensions
Sheet: 6 11/16 x 8

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (16.83 x 19.05 cm)

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