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Seventh and Broadway on V-J day
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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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.; Loew's State opened in 1921 offering film and vaudeville acts. Designed by Charles Weeks and William Day, the 12-story building is said to be the largest brick-clad structure in Los Angeles. The exterior has an elaborate "silver platter" chased ornamentation above the ground floor. In 1998, the space was leased to the Universal Church. As of 2008, the State was being operated as a Spanish-language church.
First photograph caption dated August 15, 1945 reads "Riotous celebration spread through downtown Los Angeles as soon as the announcement of Japan's surrender came. Here, at Seventh and Broadway, thousands have poured out into the streets and cars are unable to break through the walls of rejoicing humanity. Emotions kept pent up through nearly four years of war were released as Angelenos cheered and wept in their happiness." The huge crowd, shown from overhead is gathered on the sidewalks and in the streets, blocking several automobiles and streetcars. In the background is the Loew's State movie theater at 703 S. Broadway. Signs on the theater read "Open all night, Loew's State,"and "Now open all night." The marquee for the theater is showing "A riotous lesson in love! 'Junior Miss' Peggy Ann Garner, 'The gay senorita.'" Next to the theater is the Hamilton Diamond Co. A traffic signal on the lower right reads "Go."; Second photograph caption dated August 14, 1946 reads "One year ago today...Angelenos celebrated in wild demonstration on V-J Day. Downtown streets were crowded with milling thousands; but today's observance of the victory anniversary was quiet and restrained."; Third photograph caption dated August 14, 1947 reads "Crowds thronged L.A. streets when Japs surrendered. Thousands of Angelenos thronged through the streets in happy celebration of the Jap surrender two years ago today. Sidewalks were jam-packed and the crowd overflowed into the streets, tying up auto and street car traffic for blocks. This scene is at Seventh and Broadway. In contrast to the original V-J Day festivities, today's observance was a quiet one."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 10985; HE-000-703 4x5
Loew's State Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hamilton Diamond Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
World War, 1939-1945
V-J Day, 1945
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Electric railroads--Cars--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroad tracks--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--Wires and wiring
Motion picture theaters--California--Los Angeles
Marquees--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Traffic signs and signals--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Sidewalks--California--Los Angeles
Central business districts--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Storefronts--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--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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