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1943 strike removes streetcars from Broadway

1943 strike removes streetcars from Broadway

July 1943: Two photo combo showing effects of streetcar strike. In left photo, taken on Wednesday, July 21, 1943, normal streetcar traffic proceeds on Broadway. On right is a similar photo, taken July 22, 1943, of Broadway without a streetcar in sight.

A 24-hour strike had been called against the Los Angeles Railway Co., which operated the streetcars missing from Broadway. Approximately 3,000 trolley and bus employees went out on strike starting at 3 a.m. on July 22, 1943.

The two photos by staff photographer John Malmin were published on Page 3 of the July 23, 1943, Los Angeles Times. The two photos are of Broadway looking north from 7th Street.

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  1. May 18, 2015, 10:14 pm

    I'm from Argentina and I come to LA as a visitor in January 1963 and I left soon after, then I returned for good in November 16 1963 as a new California resident and as I remember in one or the other mentioned occasions I saw the streetcars still running probably on Pico Blvd. Am I confused or were the streetcars still running in Los Angeles in 1963? Thank you.

    By: AlbertoPringles
  2. May 18, 2015, 10:50 pm

    Few years later, in 1965 I started working in the Computer field on Spring Street (one block East from Broadway) between 6th and 7th Streets that was at that point the L.A. Business District. The shown picture was taken from 7th. Street and on the right side next to the Bank of America where I did the Escrow in first house that I paid $17.500 on the right side it was the famous and beautiful Clifton Cafeteria. It was closed down many years ago. Is still there? Will be reopen? Thank you.

    By: AlbertoPringles

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