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Cleaning up in Hollywood after V-J Day
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes. Original photograph has a vertical crease in the middle.
On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima and on August 9, 1945 on the city of Nagasaki. These actions shocked the country and prompted Emperor Hirohito to order the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War to accept the terms the Allies had set down in the Potsdam Declaration for ending the war. On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally. Both August 14 and 15 have been known as "V-J Day" or "Victory over Japan Day." The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan formally surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.
Photograph caption dated August 15, 1945 reads "Commander in Merchant Marine, who helped celebrate with bonfires in Hollywood last night, shows up on Vine Street this morning to help the street cleaner sweep up the debris on Vine Street just south of Hollywood Blvd." The men are in the street, with the commander holding a push broom and the street cleaner standing beside a barrel trash can which is placed on a rolling metal cart.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 10985
World War, 1939-1945
V-J Day, 1945
Merchant mariners--California--Los Angeles
Merchant marine--United States--Officers
Refuse collectors--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Brooms and brushes--California--Los Angeles
Military uniforms
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Litter (Trash)--California--Los Angeles
Storefronts--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Sidewalks--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Commercial buildings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Central business districts--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Men--California--Los Angeles
Trash cans--California--Los Angeles
Vine Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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