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Seats for Mississippi's regular all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City are unoccupied, August 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 7/16 x 9 5/16 in. (16.35 x 23.65 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: P2021.13.662

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

The seats of contention are unoccupied: seats assigned to Mississippi's delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City are unoccupied tonight, just before the start of the convention's second session. The regular all-white delegation from Mississippi announced it was going home rather than accept a compromise over whether it or a competing black delegation should be seated. The black group also rejected the compromise.

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 7/16 x 9 5/16 in. (16.35 x 23.65 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.64 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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