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Seventh and Broadway on V-J day
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 14, 1945 reads "But it was quiet downtown Los Angeles while many other cities staged wild celebrations over the Tokio (sic) report. Above was a scene at Seventh and Broadway this morning." Looking south on Broadway from Seventh Street, men and women are walking in the street and on the sidewalk. A man is selling newspapers. An electric street car is on the street as well as several cars and electric wires can be seen. A traffic signal reading "Stop" is on the lower right side of the photo and lampposts line both sides of Broadway. Several signboards for businesses can be seen, including Leroy's, Kress 10-25c store and Brooks. Other signs on buildings read "Los Angeles," "Hotel," "Financing," and "Optical Bldg." A portable sign in the street reads "No left turn," a sign in the middle right reads "No parking," and some of the awnings on the buildings have wording.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 10985
World War, 1939-1945
V-J Day, 1945
Electric railroads--Cars--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroad tracks--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Street vendors--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Traffic signs and signals--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Storefronts--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles--Wires and wiring
Sidewalks--California--Los Angeles
Central business districts--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Electric lines--Poles and towers
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Seventh Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Broadway (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cityscape photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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