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Susan in WAVES uniform
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1943
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
Title supplied by cataloger.; Image is a reproduction.; Published on page 60 of Shades of L.A. New York : The New Press, c1996.
The Ahn family residence (left, not visible) was where Helen Ahn and her five children lived from 1936 until 1946. The home was later moved to 34th Street and is now occupied by the USC Korean Studies Institute.
Susan Ahn (later Ahn Cuddy) in her WAVES uniform on Downey Way in Los Angeles. She was the first Korean American in the WAVES, the women's division of the U.S. Naval Reserve in the 1940's. She also went to Pensacola Gunnery School to become the first woman gunnery officer.
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 20 cm.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Korean American Community
S-005-019 120
Cuddy, Susan Ahn,--1915-
WAVES National (Organization)
United States.--Navy
Women--California--Los Angeles
Military uniforms
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Sidewalks--California--Los Angeles
Electric lines--Poles and towers
Downey Way (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Shades of L.A. Korean American photographs
Time Period
Kim, Emma.

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