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Japanese fleet ordered home after revolt, February 26, 1936
Vintage wire photograph on paper
5 15/16 x 8 in. (15.08 x 20.32 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: P2019.21.487

Japanese Fleet Ordered Home after Revolt: A recent photograph of part of the Japanese fleet shown during maneuvers. The flag of the country flies proudly in the foreground. Two Japanese fleets have been ordered from the high seas to police duty at the great cities of Tokyo and Osaka as the result of the army uprising yesterday, February 25th. Premier Keisuke Okada, Admiral Shishaku Saitō Makoto and General Jotaro Watanabe were assassinated. Insurgent officers said their purpose in the revolt was to protect national policy, Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 1936.

Sheet: 6 7/16 x 8 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)

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