From the great USC Digital Archives Collection comes this January 18, 1952 photo of flooding on Van Nuys Blvd at Hatteras Street.

Pure lard and sausages are advertised in a community and time when obesity was rare.

One thought on “Van Nuys flood area, 1952

  1. Obesity may not have been as much of a problem in the 50s as it is now but even so the diet of many Americans contained too much animal fat. My grandfather, who grew up in rural Arkansas, demanded that my grandmother make lard biscuits with sausage gravy for breakfast every day and also ate lard biscuits for lunch and supper. There was an unlimited supply of animal fat available to him after moving to Phoenix and becoming a meatcutter. Although he lived to age 80, he suffered for many years from paralysis on his right side due to a stroke.
    –Don Waters–St Louis, MO


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