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A large group of people watch the effort to rescue Melvin Hoffman, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
May 5, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Similar photograph appears with the article, "Boy Drowns in Culvert," Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr 1936: 3.
Masses of men, women and children watch as the culvert is raised and efforts are made to extract Melvin Hoffman.
When Melvin climbed into the culvert to retrieve a lost tool his body dammed enough water to drown him. Firemen unsuccessfully attempted to revive him after his body was retrieved. A doctor ruled that he might have died of heart failure.
Text from negative sleeve: 5130 Melvin Hoffman Drowning Arroyo Seco Culvert May 5, 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Drowning victims--California--Los Angeles
Rescue work--American--California--Los Angeles
Emergency medical services--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
Culverts--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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