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WIRED PHOTO VINTAGE PRESS PHOTOS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY I . CR I M E & P U N I S H M E N T KEITH DE LELLIS GALLERY 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 212 - 3 2 7-148 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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THE ORIGIN OF WIRED PHOTO The idea of the transmission of photographs over ordinary telephone circuits was conceived in the physical chemistry research laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and experimental apparatus for its development was created in 1921. Within a year, equipment had been constructed which would operate with a fair degree of dependability over the wire circuits, and efforts were started to adapt the system to radio transmission. By the end of 1922 successful transmissions over radio channels had been made between buildings of the institute. Several years of intensive research and experimentation followed, and in 1924 the first public demonstration of its commercial possibilities was made by transmitting pictures acoustically over telephone lines at Garden City, Long Island, New York.

Shortly afterward a transmission was made from Rutherford, N.J., to offices in New York City. While the result demonstrated that

pictures could be successfully transmitted over ordinary telephone circuits, the received negatives were marred by telephone operator interference, and at that time no assurance could be given that clear, uninterrupted telephone connections could be obtained for wire photo use.

Thereafter followed a three-year period of experimentation of radio channel transmission, and in 1928 and 1929 the system

was used for amateur picture broadcasting from stations WOR and WMCA, New York City. Approximately one thousand receiving sets were built in this time, but their future was doomed by Federal restriction and the limited selectivity of the receiving sets of that period.

Thereafter development was aimed toward message transmission work, until 1934, when newspapers became interested in

transmitting pictures over systems employing leased wire circuits. Experimental models . . . were then made to demonstrate that picture transmission was possible over ordinary telephone lines by utilizing the proper selection of carrier frequencies and speed and signal levels.

On November 21, 1934, [work began on] the construction of a complete transmitting and receiving set to be used in tests

from all parts of the country. This equipment was ready sixty days later and tests were begun immediately, the first one being from Little Neck, Long Island, to the Times Annex in Manhattan over a telegraph circuit. Tests, in every instance successful, followed from Albany, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the valuable information for guidance in the final design of the equipment was thereby obtained. After all possible adverse conditions had been overcome and the equipment proved itself capable of operating over every type of telephone circuit, [this] system was offered as an instrument of newspaper coverage to the American press.

The feasibility of the . . . transmitters and receivers, and an extensive schedule of equipment production was launched to make

the service accessible to a large number of other newspapers. Transmitters were sent to all the . . . bureaus in the large cities of the United States and staff photographers were instructed in their operation. Wired photo recorders, small, compact machines, were installed in photographic darkrooms in newspapers at New York, Atlanta, Boston, Dayton, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis and Philadelphia as quickly as they could be constructed . . . in New York. Within the short period of six months after the service was made available a national organization of associate newspapers was in daily operation, transmitting and receiving the picture news of the country. [Wired Photo, The New York Times Company, 1939]

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Wired photos played a major role in the rapid dissemination of news for much of the 20th century. These humble 8 x 10 glossies could convey the most newsworthy events of the day: Some still etched into our collective conscience or others forgotten like “yesterday’s news.” The advent of digital media in the 21 century made these relics obsolete. The archives that newspaper offices had long maintained st

were transferred to digital files, a much improved method of storage and organization. As these originals were sold or discarded the most interesting and iconic found their way onto the open market through galleries, dealers, and auction houses.

The photographs for sale in the accompanying catalog were some of the most interesting and well known feature stories as well as some rediscoveries, which are perhaps being published for the first time.

1 “Photographers Waiting Outside Eastern Penitentiary for Al Capone” (Movitone News) c. 1930 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.75” x 9” $650

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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William Berkowitz

Jason Mazzeo

Abraham Katz

2 “Jewel Thief & Others: Berkowitz, Mazzeo & Katz” (Wienke - Detroit News) 1959 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.5” $650

3 “Kisses Man She’s Accused of Killing” (Associated Press Photo) January 5,1936 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 10.75” $750

4 James Earl Ray (United Press International) 1968 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 5” x 8.5” $750

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


5 James Zegar J.H. Scherping

Mike Ahearn

Louise Lund Leo Anderson

Joe Young

Jack Walsh

Edward Powers

5 Cops Who Raided the Frankie Pope Gambling Outfit (Davis - Daily Times) September 25,1931 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8” x 10” $750

6 “North Side, Frankie Pope Tries to Evade Cameras” (Fry - Chicago Daily Times) 1931 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8” x 10” $600

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


6 Rocco De Grazzio

Tony Capezio

Laurenca Imburgia

Claude Maddox

7 “Group 2996: De Grazzio, Capezio, Imburgia, Maddox” (Anonymous) June 26,1931 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.25” x 9.5” $650

Dutch Schultz James N. Noonan

Richard Davis George J. Moore

H.W. Main

8 “Alias Dutch Schultz” (Associated Press Photo) September 23, 1935 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.5” $850

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Weapons Displayed at Los Angeles Police Department (Pacific & Atlantic Photos, Inc.) c. 1930s Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.5” x 8.5” $650

10 “Held at Bay” (Ted Kell) c. 1940 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.5” $750

11 “Movieland’s No. 1 Murder Mystery William Desmond Taylor (Associated Press Photo) 1936 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 3” x 8.5” $650

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12 “Wergin, Haupt and Froehling, Nazi Saboteurs” (Anonymous) 1942 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8” x 9.5” $650

13 “Accused Slayer Pulled a Gun on Questioning Policeman” Miami International Airport (Albert Coya) 1961 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 9.5” x 6.75” $750

14 “Shooting Out the ‘Witness’ Wasn’t Enough” Cleveland, Ohio (United Press International) 1975 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 5.5” $850

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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“Child Murder West 47th St. Station House” New York City (Kelleher-Levine) May 19, 1937 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.5”

16 “Esposito Brothers, the ‘Mad Dog’ Slayers” Fifth Avenue, New York City (Max Peter Haas) September 24, 1941 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.52” $1,250

17 “Whittaker Chambers, Communist Spy” New York City (ACME Newspictures) December 7,1948 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.5” x 8.25” $750

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New York City: Harlem Riots “Prisoners Leaving Armory for Court” (Weegee) 1943 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.25” x 9.25” $4,500

19 “Dillinger Brought to Chicago by Plane” (ACME Newspictures) January 30, 1934 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.5” x 8.25” $850

20 The Interrogation (Hy Peskin) c. 1940 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.5” x 9.5” $1,250

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Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow (International News Photos) 1934 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7” x 3.5” & 5.75” x 2.5” $1,500 for set of 2

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Anna Manson, Spy “Queen of the Reds to be Deported: Announced she was in favor of free speech, free love, free thought and free everything.” (Kadel & Herbert, NY) 1920 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8.5” x 6.5” $800

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May Hanson on Trial for Torch Death of Husband (Acme Newspictures, Inc.) 1933 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.75” x 5.75” $600

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Female (Manson) Cultists Arrive to Plea for Murdering Actress Sharon Tate (UPI Telephoto) December 22, 1969 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.75” x 8” $800

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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Ralph Burge Arrested in Recent Finance Company Robberies (Acme Newspictures, Inc.) 1947 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8.5” x 5.5” $400

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Boy Cries After His Father Was Sentenced to One Year for Bomb Hoax (John Quinn - UPI Telephoto) 1958 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.75” x 7.25” $600

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Three Youths Admit Daring Daylight Jewel Robbery of Designer Mollie Parnis (United Press Telephoto) 1952 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.75” x 8.25” $500

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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Lucky Luciano Walks Between Two Guards (New York Times) c. 1936 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8.25” x 6” $650

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Davis Knight: Negro to Serve Five Years In Prison for Marrying White Woman Jones County, Mississippi (Acme Telephoto) 1948 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8.25” x 6.5” $600

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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The Keys of Death Row & the Electric Chair Huntsville State Penitentiary, Texas (Harold T. Waters - Associated Press Photo) July 31, 1972 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 10.75” x 7.75” $850

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Entrance to Death Chamber Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, New York (Acme Newspictures, Inc.) 1931 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 9.5” x 8” $1,200

32 “Efficient lethal chamber [to] replace noose in Oregon” Oregon Penitentiary, Salem (ACME Newspictures) January 17, 1938 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8.75” x 7” $850

K E I T H D E L E L L I S G A L L E R Y - 1 0 4 5 M a d i s o n A v e n u e # 3 , N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 7 5 - 2 1 2 - 3 2 7 - 1 4 8 2 - w w w. k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m - k e i t h @ k e i t h d e l e l l i s g a l l e r y. c o m


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33 Gas Chamber at San Quentin Prison, California (UPI Telephoto) October 21, 1959 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 7.25 x 9” $650

34 “Death Room at ‘Miniature Alcatraz’” State Prison, Illinois (Chicago Daily Times) January 3, 1947 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 8 x 10” $750

35 “Magistrates Visit County Jail” Cook County Jail, Illinois (Larry Nocerino - Chicago Sun Times) January 27, 1966 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 6.5” x 8.25” $650

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36 “Mad Dog Killer (Morrelli)” (Anonymous) 1949 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 9.25” x 6.5” $1,250

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The Execution of Ruth Snyder (Thomas Howard - New York Daily Times) January 12, 1928 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print 9.25” x 7.5” $1,500

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Keith de Lellis, Director Kat Hughes, Design

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WIRED PHOTO: Vintage Press Photos from the 20th Century  

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