Possible makeshift Olympics for young fans, 1932. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Possible makeshift Olympics for young fans, 1932. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

More Olympic rowing in Long Beach, 1932. The oil derricks don’t quite outnumber the well-dressed spectators. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

More Olympic rowing in Long Beach, 1932. The oil derricks don’t quite outnumber the well-dressed spectators. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

USC Trojan and gold-medal Olympian Lee Barnes, in mid pole vault, 1924. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

USC Trojan and gold-medal Olympian Lee Barnes, in mid pole vault, 1924. From the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Olympic spirit, kindergarten style. Plus a bemused-looking sheep. 1932. Part of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library. 

Olympic spirit, kindergarten style. Plus a bemused-looking sheep. 1932. Part of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library. 

Olympic rowers during the 1932 games in Los Angeles, with Long Beach oil derricks in the background. Part of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Olympic rowers during the 1932 games in Los Angeles, with Long Beach oil derricks in the background. Part of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Collection in the USC Digital Library.