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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 15, 1945 reads "Crowd at 7th and Broadway receive news of end of World War II." The large crowd of men, women and children is in the street and on the sidewalks, smiling and waving to the camera in an overhead shot. One man is holding a paper that reads "Japs surrender" and others are waving small American flags. A building with a large awning is in the background. Near the upper right of the photo, a man has climbed partway up a lamppost, to his right is a "No parking" sign and just above his head are signs for "Broadway" and "7th St." On the far right, in the middle of the photograph, is a sign on a building reading "Seventh St., Bank of America." Several cars are caught in the crowd.
1 photographic print :b&w ;28 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 10985
Bank of America
World War, 1939-1945
V-J Day, 1945
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Sidewalks--California--Los Angeles
Flags--United States
American newspapers--California--Los Angeles
Central business districts--California--Los Angeles
Bank buildings--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
Broadway (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Seventh Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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