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Italian barracks reduced to rubble by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force at Sidi Barrani in northern Egypt, January 1941
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 9/16 x 10 7/16 in. (19.21 x 26.51 cm)

Creation Place: Africa
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.43

Illustrated: Associated Press ID # 410111016.

(FX8-Jan. 11) Sidi Barrani--Italian barracks after bombardment: This is all that remained of Italian barracks at Sidi Barrani when British troops captured the Italian stronghold December 11. Big guns of the Royal Navy, bombs of the RAF and artillery fire did the trick. Truck deserted in the courtyard was undamaged. 1941.

Sheet: 8 x 10 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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