This photograph is similar to images appearing as part of panoramic photograph titled, "Thousands of Evangelist's Followers Throng Beach While Searchers Vainly Drag Sea for Body of Temple," Los Angeles Times, 20 May 1926: 2
A similar photograph of the same event is captioned, "Schooner Voyage Next on Program Capt. Walter Wanderwall and Dorothy Dawn with car No. 4 of fleet that has taken party through many lands," Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 1932: A2
This photograph appears with the article, "Army of men, women and children at benefit event: BARBECUE DRAWS THRONG sixty thousand assemble for annual festivities of sheriff's relief association," Los Angeles Times, 16 Jul. 1934: A1.
One of the cornerstones of the old County Courthouse, which was located on the corner of Temple and Broadway, was opened to reveal a box from 1888 when the foundation was laid. Among the contents was an eight-page issue of the Los Angeles Times. The ceremony was led by Marshall Stimson, president of the Historical Society of Southern California, and Joseph Mesmer, president of the Pioneer Society.
A large crowd is gathered among the rubble of the old County Courthouse as Marshall Stimson, president of the Historical Society of Southern California, makes an announcement regarding the unveiling of the cornerstone's contents. He holds a gavel in one hand and papers in the other. The archway, partially obscured by debris, can be seen in the background.
The camera looks over the large crowd and towards a podium, off-center to the right, and the Sixth Street Viaduct at left. Hundreds stand in the crowd in the foreground. They stand with their backs to the camera. The podium stands ahead of them, just right-of-center. A man stands at the front, leftmost, side of the bunting-decorated podium and addresses the crowd. Others sit behind him on the podium. Between the crowd and the podium, a band is barely visible sitting. A tall tower rises along the right edge, behind the podium. The crowd extends into the distance and beneath the arched bridge at left. Bunting hangs from the beams of the bridge. A vehicle sits in the middle of the bridge and amongst the crowd. Beyond the bridge, the roadway, lined by lampposts and banners, stretches into the distance.