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Members of the Poor People's Campaign load their mule train wagons onto a freight train in Atlanta, June 16, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
5 11/16 x 6 9/16 in. (14.45 x 16.67 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: P2021.13.1113

Mule Power Goes Train Power: Members of the Poor People's Campaign traded their mule power for train power on Sunday. They loaded their mule train wagons onto a freight train in Atlanta as they prepared for the remainder of their trip to Washington DC. The mules were loaded in other cars. The mule train left Mississippi 35 days and 560 miles ago.

On verso: manuscript title and newspaper caption with date stamps 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: 5 11/16 x 6 9/16 in. (14.45 x 16.67 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 6 9/16 x 6 15/16 in. (16.67 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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