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Hollywood VJ Day Photographs

VJ Day in Hollywood

When President Truman announced, on August 14, 1945, that the war with Japan, VJ Day, was over, the nation went wild Hollywood went wild. Rushing from offices, stores and homes, thousands of people poured onto Hollywood Blvd. In the midst of sirens, whistles, auto horns and screaming, the streets were snowed with confetti scraps of paper of every sort that floated down over the jammed sidewalks which a moment before had been sanely trod with quiet shoppers.


Servicemen, and civilians snake danced through the jumbled crowd while singing, "Hail, Hail, the job's all done." An impromptu parade formed that paralyzed traffic. Clanging streetcars tried to fight their way through the masses of humanity but to no avail. Good humored celebrants amused themselves by jerking trollies from he wires. If a streetcar moved more than twenty feet through the throngs without having their power shut off, they were lucky. In the carnival spirit that swept over Hollywood, strangers slapped one another on the back. Servicemen kissed every pretty girl they met, and the girls kissed back.


VJ (victory Japan) day was one of great joy, throughout the country.  From coast to coast, Americans streamed out of ther houses and offices to celebrate the end of the war with Japan. Hollywood was no exception -- with Hollywood Blvd. being the center of all the joyous revelery.


Office workers flooded the street by dancing, singing, hugging other celebrants and stopping all traffic for many hours. Streetcars couldn't move down the tracks and cars were stalled for fear of hitting the happy hollywoodians. Hundreds of photographs were taken by both ordinary citizens as well as professional photographers. Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St. seemed to be the center of most of the revelery -- with paper being thrown from the windows of the three high-rise buildings, making it look like a ticker-tape parade in New York City.


The largest collection of VJ Day photos is on the website. 

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