Out of the attic: Newark Post reports Japanese surrender

This week’s Out of the Attic item is the front page of the Aug. 16, 1945, Newark Post, which carried the news that Japan had surrendered to the United States, ending World War II.

The day of surrender “will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most epochal days in past centuries,” the paper reported.

In Newark, “the celebration was acclaimed with a great din and continuous procession of automobiles, blowing their horns and adorned with streamers, through the town streets until nearly midnight. Then, the revelry was continued unabated at isolated points and in private homes,” the article continued.

Every store on Main Street closed after President Truman announced the surrender, “with each store displaying the little card saying, ‘Closed for V-J Day,’ distributed by the Chamber of Commerce in preparation for just such an occasion.”

The following day, Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. led an impromptu parade though town as citizens gathered in a heavy downpour of rain to watch.

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