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President Johnson signs the new Civil Rights Open Housing Bill into law in ceremonies in the White House East Room, April 11, 1968
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 15/16 x 9 3/16 in. (17.62 x 23.34 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: P2021.13.1287

Variant illustrated: Associated Press ID #680411057

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title and date, 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: 6 15/16 x 9 3/16 in. (17.62 x 23.34 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Image Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 in. (20.48 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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