World War II Victory Celebration Aftermath

Gaze, Emerson1945/08/14

Santa Monica History Museum

Santa Monica History Museum
Santa Monica, United States

The aftermath of a victory celebration of Japan's surrender that ended World War II. The attached Evening Outlook newspaper article states: "Peace came late for these two Navy shore patrolmen, pictured as they rested their weary bodies on the curb at Santa Monica Boulevard and Third Street shortly after midnight this morning and surveyed the then deserted scene of what had been one of the centers of the night's victory celebration. Santa Monicans and visiting service men generally were orderly, civil and military authorities reported, fewer than usual drunks being arrested during the course of the night's festivities. The only things that got 'crossed up' during the evening, apparently, were the traffic signals on this corner." Dr. Cowen Credit Dentists and Sponberg's Department Store are in the background. Note: The photographer's notes indicate the photo may have been published in the Times, Examiner "(not published)", Outlook, and Campbell's.


  • Title: World War II Victory Celebration Aftermath
  • Creator: Gaze, Emerson
  • Date Created: 1945/08/14
  • Location Created: Santa Monica, California
  • Rights: Santa Monica History Museum, Bill Beebe Collection
  • Medium: Negative, Film

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