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Lt. General Friedrich Foertsch signs papers at Professor Thorak’s studio outside of Munich for unconditional surrender of German Army Group G to American forces, May 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
4 7/8 x 9 3/16 in. (12.38 x 23.34 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: P2019.21.232

Commentary
Lt. General Foertsch signs surrender papers: Lt. General Foertsch, Commanding General of German First Army (center), signs papers at Professor Thorak’s studio outside of Munich, Germany, May 5. Papers are the unconditional surrender of German Army Group “G” to American forces under command of General Jacob L. Devers, Commanding General Sixth Army Group. Looking on at right is Brigadier General Pearson Menoher, Chief of Staff of U.S. 15th Corps. Two German officers (left) and the American officer (second from right) are unidentified, May 1945.

Dimensions
Sheet: 8 x 9 7/8

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: 4 7/8 x 9 3/16 in. (12.38 x 23.34 cm)

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