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King George VI eating from an American Army mess tin, with Lt. General Clark and Major General Patton, and Sir James Grigg--African Front, June 26, 1943
Vintage sound photograph on paper
6 1/4 x 8 in. (15.88 x 20.32 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: P2019.21.626

Royal luncheon on the African Front somewhere in Africa. King George VI of England, center background, is informally eating from an American Army mess tin. He is shown with Lieutenant General Clark U.S.A. at left and Major General Patton U.S.A. at right. Seated with his back to the camera is British War Minister Sir James Grigg, who accompanied the King on his flying visit to the front, June 26, 1943.

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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