Long Beach, Ca. 1933. Forty silver gelatin photographs. Twenty-six mounted on leaves with typed captions, the remainder loose but captioned in negative. Images 3.5 x 5.75 inches and 3.5 x 4.5 inches. Images crisp and clean, mounting leaves a bit rumpled with light wear. Very good plus. Item #1962
Small collection of images documenting the Long Beach Earthquake of May 10, 1933. The images mounted to sheets are numbered and captioned in typescript with the heading "Earthquake Damage - Long Beach and Vicinity. March 14, 1933". They provide a visual survey of the damage to major sites around Los Angeles and Compton such as the Masonic Temple, the Dominguez Sub-station, the Security First National Bank in Compton, buildings along East Compton Boulevard, and several of the local schools. The loose photos all show damage in Long Beach itself, including the Seaside Hospital, the Catholic Church, the Imperial Theatre, schools, and an image captioned "Feeding refugees at Lincoln Park - Long Beach, Cal."
The Long Beach Earthquake occurred just before 6 o'clock in the morning and was a magnitude 6.4, killing more than 100 people. The epicenter was offshore south of Los Angeles, with much of the damage limited to Long Beach but also spreading north into southern L.A. It is notable that many of the images here document school buildings, as more than 200 schools were damaged in the event. This highlighted a need for earthquake-proof construction in school buildings, where the death toll would have been much higher had the earthquake struck during school hours, and the legislature passed the Field Act on April 10th as a result. An altogether interesting set of images.