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British Prime Minister Churchill, his wife and daughter walk on the deck of HMS Renown. They are returning to England from the U.S. and Canada., September 30, 1943
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. (19.05 x 26.51 cm)

Creation Place: Unknown
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.631

Churchill’s Return to London by Sea: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, his wife Clementine and daughter Mary (right) walk about the deck of the British battleship HMS Renown. The ship returned them to England after their recent visit to Canada and the United States, September 30, 1943.

Sheet: 8 x 11 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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  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. (190.5 x 265.11 mm)

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