Tires piled high at 16th & Vermont in Los Angeles in 1933. (Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.)

Tires piled high at 16th & Vermont in Los Angeles in 1933. (Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.)

A double-decker bus passes the intersection of Wilshire & Western (and the Wiltern Theater) in 1934. 
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A double-decker bus passes the intersection of Wilshire & Western (and the Wiltern Theater) in 1934. 

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A paddlewheel boat stuck in the frozen Sungari River in Harbin, China, circa 1930s. Part of the Shannon McCune Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A paddlewheel boat stuck in the frozen Sungari River in Harbin, China, circa 1930s. Part of the Shannon McCune Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1933 publicity shot for the Frank Dillon Tire Co.Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1933 publicity shot for the Frank Dillon Tire Co.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.
Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.

Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.