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AP nerve center

Nova Bila, near Vitez

Dave Brauchli set up his Associated Press souping and transmitting operation in Gazda's garage, next to the British Army press center. He would hand tank his C41 color negative film and then transmit the images on the Leaf system pictured. Transitional technology. When I started with the AP in the mid-70s we had to make a print, fasten it to a revolving drum, and hope that the telephone line wouldn't be disconnected by a lightning strike or a raccoon chewing on the line before the picture was fully transmitted. While working here I discovered that the plastic containers hand grenades came in were good for protecting exposed film. One of the local kids, who was about 8, noticed I had the grenade container and asked if I needed some more. I said I wouldn't mind having a few more. He dashed off and was back in a minute with a half-dozen of the green plastic cylinders...except his were quite heavy. I opened one up to find the grenades were still inside. I told him it would be better to wait until the containers were empty.

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