We are not certain of the exact date of today’s feature photo taken in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, but it is feasible that it was on August 14, 1945, the day that Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies, which effectively meant that World War II was over. Another possibility is the photograph was taken on September 2, 1945, during festivities on the date that President Harry Truman declared to be the official V-J Day and the time when Japanese officials signed the surrender documents.
After some research it was found that photographer Leonard Hellerman took three pictures on the evening of August 14, 1945, visible at American Photo showing crowds that night in Hartford celebrating. Also of interest, the Internet Movie Database states that the film “Guest Wife” seen on the Hartford Loew’s Theatre marquee, was released on July 27, 1945, and fits in line with the time frame of both celebrations and when it may have arrived in Hartford, the State Capitol, and a medium-sized City.
Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of Joe Sokola and Dan Strohl at Hemmings Daily.