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Lt. Thomas Carver



Twelve coffins draped with the Stars and Stripes rest in a cemetery at Munsingen, Switzerland, during burial of American flyers killed in action, c. 1940-1947
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 5/8 x 9 9/16 in. (16.83 x 24.29 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.22.15

Commentary
Twelve coffins draped with the Stars and Stripes rest in a cemetery at Munsingen, Switzerland, during burial of American flyers killed in action or crashes. Burial with full military honors was April 28. A theological student, Tracy Strong, Jr., native of Seattle and former resident of New York, stands at left with part of the group of interned American aviators. A Swiss rifle platoon and Swiss civilian onlookers are in the rear. This photo was taken by Lt. Thomas Carver of Alameda, California, one of the U.S. internees, c. 1940-1947.

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Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10

Materials
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: 6 5/8 x 9 9/16 in. (16.83 x 24.29 cm)

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