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People of Castel Di Sangro start rebuilding as soon as Allies liberated their town. Women spread wheat to dry as others search for furnishings in wrecked homes., December 1943
Vintage wire photograph (radio photograph) on paper
6 1/16 x 7 7/8 in. (15.4 x 20 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: P2019.21.472

Commentary
Courage is hard to muffle in hearts like these: Amid the wreck and ruin caused by Nazi bombings, these townspeople of Castel Di Sangro, on the Eighth-Army front, start the work of rebuilding as soon as Allied troops liberate their town. In this photo radioed from Algiers, women in foreground spread wheat to dry as others search for furnishings in wrecked homes, December 1943.

Dimensions
Sheet: 6 9/16 x 8 7/16

Materials
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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 1/16 x 7 7/8 in. (15.4 x 20 cm)

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