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Major James Roosevelt, son of the President, leading U.S. Marines as a Lt. Colonel during war games in Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1938
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/16 x 9 15/16 in. (18.26 x 25.24 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.732

Major Roosevelt (right), son of the President, was leading U.S. Marines as a Lt. Colonel during 1938 war games in Ponce, Puerto Rico when this picture was taken. The Navy announced at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii today that Major Roosevelt was second in command of the Marines who raided Japanese-held Makin Island in the Gilbert Group on August 17th, 1942.

Sheet: 7 3/16 x 10 1/16

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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