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President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill in the East Room of the White House, July 2, 1964
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
7 1/16 x 8 9/16 in. (17.94 x 21.75 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: P2021.13.1275

Rights Bill Signing Ceremony: President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Standing from left, are: Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill); Rep. Clarence Brown (R-Ohio); Sen. Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn); Rep. Charles Halleck (R-Ind); Rep. William McCullough (R-Ohio); and Rep. Emanuel Celler (D-NY).

Associated Press ID #6407020343, 916708340447, 81461561241, 245086624916

On verso: manuscript title, typewritten title, date stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

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: 7 1/16 x 8 9/16 in. (17.94 x 21.75 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 8 15/16 in. (20.64 x 22.7 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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