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Los Angeles City Hall cross [Updated]

Los Angeles City Hall cross [Updated]

Dec. 25, 1947: As had been the custom for more than 10 years, windows of offices in Los Angeles City Hall were illuminated in the form of a cross. The lights were left on during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This event was also repeated at Easter time.

This stand-alone photo ran on Page 2 of the Dec. 26, 1947, Los Angeles Times.

[Updated at 10:35 a.m.: Larry Harnisch, in this 2007 The Daily Mirror blog, reported that the City Hall cross was a tradition for 40 years until lawsuits stopped the practice in the late 1970s. ]

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The original caption never says, but I'll bet that's a full moon in the sky above City Hall. During a long exposure, I would expect the moon would be overexposed as in this image.


  1. December 23, 2010, 6:39 am

    Nice photo. When did they stop doing this?

    By: Michael
  2. December 23, 2010, 9:18 am

    What a beautiful tradition that I wish we would have kept!

    By: KAte s
  3. December 23, 2010, 2:16 pm

    What happened to separation of church and state?

    By: Jennifer M

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