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Title
Switchboard controlling Wirephoto's network of telephone lines used to transmit photographic images, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
January 1935
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
Description
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
One of several related photographs housed in this negative sleeve that document the process of phototelegraphy -the process of transmitting photographic images over telephone wire. Though there were advancements - namely the Telediagraph, the Belinograph, and the Telephotograver (invented by Los Angeles Times managing editor Ralph Trueblood) – the technology left much room for improvement. In the 1930s, the Associated Press began working with Kodak to create a machine that could transmit quality images over wire networks. On January 1, 1935, the AP sent the first photograph out over its Wirephoto service to 47 affiliated newspapers across the United States. The Los Angeles Times documented their contribution to photojournalism while touting the latest innovation in a related article.
An illustration of this machine is featured in the Los Angeles Times article, "Wirephoto Shows Lead: "Times" Keeps in Forefront. Recalls Pioneering in Picture Transmission Over Wire Systems," 6 Jan. 1935: 26.
Photograph of a Wirephoto switchboard. Switchboards such as this controlled over 10,000 miles of networked phone wire over which images were transmitted and received for publication.
Text from negative sleeve: 1150. Box 1. Associated Press Wirephoto. [Stamped:] Jul 18 1935.
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_10225
ark:/21198/zz002hb53r
Subject
Switchboards--California--Los Angeles
Phototelegraphy
Photojournalism--California--Los Angeles
Electronic apparatus & appliances
Los Angeles Times (Firm)
Associated Press
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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