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Bank of wires, a cylinder and an electric bulb, possibly part of a Wirephoto switchboard or power unit, 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
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
A bank of dials, wires, a cylinder and a glowing electric bulb, possibly part of the Photowire switchboard or power unit.
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.
Related to Los Angeles Times article, "Wirephoto Shows Lead: "Times" Keeps in Forefront. Recalls Pioneering in Picture Transmission Over Wire Systems," 6 Jan. 1935: 26.
Text from negative sleeve: 1150. Box 1. Associated Press Wirephoto. [Stamped:] Jul 18 1935.
b&w nitrate negative
Electronic apparatus & appliances
Associated Press
Los Angeles Times (Firm)
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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