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The Alabama delegation walks out of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, angered by the adoption of a strong Civil Rights platform plank, July 14, 1948
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 1/8 x 6 13/16 in. (23.18 x 17.3 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: P2021.13.1400

Alabama Delegates Leave: Members of the Alabama delegation file down the aisle under their state banner as they walk out of the Democratic National Convention tonight. The group was angered by the Convention's adoption of a strong Civil Rights platform plank, Philadelphia.

Associated Press ID #481126181

On recto: typewritten title and date. On verso: Associated Press stamp and 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 1/8 x 6 13/16 in. (23.18 x 17.3 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.64 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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