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A street in the central part of Berlin is covered in smoke from fires started by incendiary bombs dropped by Allied planes, July 31, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 7/16 x 8 1/4 in. (16.35 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.278

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #4507311142.

A street in central Berlin is covered in smoke from fires. The fires were started by incendiary bombs dropped on the German capital by Allied planes, prior to the fall of the city, July 31, 1945.

Sheet: 7 1/16 x 8 7/8

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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