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Horace Cort

(active 1930s - 1960s)

Ku Klux Klan leaders Robert Shelton of Alabama and Calvin Craig of Georgia have requested a conference with President Johnson to discuss his attacks on the Klan, March 1965
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 x 6 3/8 in. (22.86 x 16.19 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.418

Klan leaders wire president: Ku Klux Klan leaders Robert Shelton of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Calvin Craig of Atlanta, Georgia have requested a conference with President Johnson to discuss Johnson's attacks on the Klan. This picture was taken some time ago. Craig is Georgia Grand Dragon of the United Klan, and Shelton is Imperial Wizard of the same organization, Atlanta, Georgia.

Robert Marvin Shelton (June 12, 1929 – March 17, 2003) was a former car-tire salesman and printer who became nationally famous as the Imperial Wizard of United Klan's of America (UKA), a Ku Klux Klan group. Shelton served as the UKA leader starting in 1961. UKA membership peaked with an estimated 30,000 members.

Variant Illustrated: Associated Press ID #630709053

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

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: 9 x 6 3/8 in. (22.86 x 16.19 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/16 in. (25.4 x 20.48 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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