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Group photo taken prior to the formal dinner aboard the USS Augusta, during the meeting of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill at sea, August 1941
Sound photograph on paper
4 7/8 x 8 in. (12.38 x 20.32 cm)

Creation Place: Unknown
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.677

History made on the high seas: Aboard the USS Augusta on the high seas. This picture was made on August 9th prior to the formal dinner aboard the USS Augusta during the historic meeting of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. Standing left to right: W. Averell Harriman, Lease-Lend Representative in England; Harry Hopkins, Lease-Lend Administrator; Admiral E. J. King, Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Rear Admiral Ross T. McIntire; Sumner Welles, Undersecretary of State; Brigadier General Edwin Watson, Military Aide to President Roosevelt; Captain Elliot Roosevelt; Admiral Harold R. Stark, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations; Captain John R. Beardall; General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; and Ensign Franklin D. Roosevelt. Seated left to right: unidentified; Sir Wilfrid Freeman, Vice Chief of Air Staff, Britain; Prime Minister Churchill; President Roosevelt, with his pet Scottie Falla at his feet; Sir Admiral Dudley Pound, First Lord of British Admiralty; General Sir John G. Dill, Chief of Imperial British Staff; and the last man is unidentified, August 1941.

Sheet: 6 11/16 x 8 1/2

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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