Finnish anti-aircraft batteries near Rovaniemi, Finland, where Red Army planes made extensive air raids, January 1940
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 7/16 x 10 3/16 in. (16.35 x 25.88 cm)
Finns chilly vigil against Soviet plane attacks: Finnish anti-aircraft batteries are pictured near Rovaniemi, Finland, where Red Army planes made extensive air raids. Notice how both guns and men are covered with white to camouflage them against the snow. Giant mechanical ears are used to detect the approach of planes, January 1940.
Sheet: 7 x 10 3/8
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)
This object has the following keywords:
- Air raids
- Antiaircraft Guns
- European Theater
- Red Army
- Red Army
- Winter War
- World War II
- Image Dimensions: 6 7/16 x 10 3/16 in. (16.35 x 25.88 cm)
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