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Two youths pole through water in Resurrection City after a heavy rain the previous day, Washington D.C., June 13, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/4 x 9 9/16 in. (17.15 x 24.29 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams
Accession Number: P2021.9.62

Two youths use a board and mop handles to pole through water in Resurrection City after a heavy rain the previous day. The city has been plagued with rain since its erection, Washington D.C.

On Tuesday, May 21, 1968, thousands of participants in the Poor People's March set up a shantytown on the Washington Mall known as "Resurrection City," which existed for six weeks. The city had its own zip code, 20013.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg on June 2, 2021.

On recto: Typewritten label above image, "WASHINGTON, D.C. POINTS PLEASE DO NOT USE / WAPTH-061319 6 /13/68 WASHINGTON: Two youths use a board and mop handles to pole through water, / here 6/13, left in Ressurection City after a heavy rain 6/12. The city has been plauged with rain since its erection. UPI TELEPHOTO Dl/WP".

On verso: Lengthy United Press International Photo stamp in black ink near center. Stamped in pruple ink to the right of copywrite stamp: "REFERENCE / JUN 18 '68 / N. E. A.". Handwritten in graphite at bottom left edge: "CVL-PPL-017 2000". Written in blue ink along right edge near center: "A225".

Sheet: 8 1/8 x 10

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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