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Girls of the 8th Prefectural High School in Tokyo making 2,000 comfort bags for Japanese soldiers, September 6, 1937
Vintage wire photograph on paper
5 13/16 x 8 7/16 in. (14.76 x 21.43 cm)

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.483

Commentary
Japan’s Teeming Millions are now firmly in the grip of war fever. A stream of money is pouring into the War Office in Tokyo as a result of street collections conducted by school children and every conceivable organization. School girls on vacation are returning to school voluntarily to fashion gifts for the Japanese soldiers fighting in China. This photo shows girls of the 8th Prefectural High School in Tokyo making 2,000 comfort bags for the soldiers, September 6, 1937.

Dimensions
Sheet: 6 15/16 x 8 7/8

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: 5 13/16 x 8 7/16 in. (14.76 x 21.43 cm)

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