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1934 traffic on Broadway

1934 traffic on Broadway

Nov. 24, 1934: Photo taken at 7th Street looking north on Broadway during typical traffic in downtown Los Angeles.

Today, this is a great historical image of downtown Los Angeles. But after 48 years working at newspapers, there is one thing I’ve learned — photos get published for their news value.

Sure enough, this image’s caption in the Nov. 25, 1934, Los Angeles Times reported:

This photograph taken at Seventh street and Broadway yesterday morning shows what little effect the strike on the Los Angeles Rail way street-car lines had on business activities in the retail shopping district. Normal trolley car operations are apparent.

Published on page 2, this image accompanied an article reporting on the first day of a transit strike by the Amalgameted Assn. of Street and Electric Railway Employees against the Los Angeles Railway Corp.

This photo was taken by Times staff photographer William Snyder.

And yes, I’ve worked in newspapers for 48 years straight — started as a paperboy.

Today’s view via Google:


  1. December 15, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Shame on you Scott Harrison. You have been in the newspaper business for 48 years and are now relying on Google for a "historic" snapshot of comparison with that fabulous intersection, Broadway & 7th. I would've enjoyed seeing the same picture taken from a few feet on high overlooking the corner where Bullock's department store once stood, just like the 1934 picture. Look at the crowd in front of the store window. That is how I remember folks standing shoulder to shoulder to see the displays, especially during the Christmas season ( I saw that in the mid 1950's). And how about the elegance of the pedestrians? I don't see anyone in a t-shirt. Even a youngster in the lower right corner is wearing a tie! He must have been a newspaper boy. What do you think Scott?

    By: Rafachavez
  2. December 17, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Ahhhhh….that's when people dressed decent and acted decent and downtown Los Angeles looked like it still belonged to the United States instead of some third world schlocky flea market. How i wish they would clean up downtown and restore the buildings to their former glory…..

    By: Jeanneanne
  3. October 17, 2012, 10:29 pm

    I'm sure people in 1934 took a look at pictures of people in Abraham Lincoln's time as wished the public would dress nice like that again.

    By: Carl

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