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RAF Bomber Command aircraft attacked Munich, completely destroying the Residenz---a complex used by the Nazis as a meeting place, April 24, 1944 - April 25, 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 3/16 x 5 15/16 in. (20.8 x 15.08 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: P2019.21.239

Infamous meeting place blasted: Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command attacked Munich on the night of April 24/25. They completely destroyed the Residenz, a group of building used by the Nazi Party as a meeting place. This picture was taken after the RAF attack left it completely gutted. At bottom center is a smaller block of buildings which was also used by the Nazis. Most of the roofs of this small block have collapsed, Germany.

Sheet: 8 15/16 x 7 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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