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Former President Truman makes a plea urging the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to accept the controversial Civil Rights plank, August 1956
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (15.56 x 21.27 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: P2021.13.1401

Speaking from his box in the spectator section, former President Truman is shown during his dramatic plea urging the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to accept the report of the Platform Committee, including the controversial Civil Rights plank. By voice vote, the delegates accepted the "moderate" plank, written by co-operating Yankees and Southerners on the Platform Committee.

On verso: United Press International stamp, date stamp and newspaper caption with date stamp 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 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (15.56 x 21.27 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 6 5/16 x 9 in. (16.03 x 22.86 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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