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Germans and Allies at the Supreme HQ War Room in Reims, France. Germans surrendered unconditionally., May 7, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.89

Representatives of German and Allied nations were present at the Supreme H. Q. War Room in Reims, France on May 7, 1945, where German delegates surrendered unconditionally to Britain, Russia, and the United States. This historic meeting took place in an upstairs room at SHAEF, formerly the College Moderne de Garcons, a school-room in Reims. From left side of table, left to right: German representatives Wilhelm Oxenius, Aide to General Alfred Jodl; and General Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg. Seated far end right side of table are General Frederick Morgan, Dep Cops SHAEF; General Francois Sevez, Cops French Army; Admiral Harold Burrough, Allied Naval Commander; General Walter Bedell Smith, Cops SHAEF; General Kenneth Strong, G-2 SHAEF; General Ivan Susloparov, Russian Army; General Carl Spaatz, U.S. Air Force; Air Marshal James Robb, Dep Cops SHAEF; General Harold Bull, G-3 SHAEF; Col. Yvan Zenkovich, Aide to Russian General Susloparov.

Illustrated: Associated Press ID# 4505071391.

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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