Now that's a presidential motorcade crowd

With the news out that President Obama will be coming back to L.A. on Oct. 22 to campaign for the Democrats at USC, we can all look forward to a nasty Friday afternoon traffic snarl. Well, there is precedent. This view looks south on Broadway from about 5th Street during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first visit to Los Angeles on October 1, 1935. His motorcade was making a sweep through Downtown after leaving the railroad station. Note the Roxie Theatre marquee on the left side (click the photo to see bigger.)

Photo from old L.A. Daily News at UCLA Library Digital Collections

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