Narcotics Smuggling in Van Nuys: May 15, 1951


May 15, 1951
May 15, 1951
May 15, 1951
May 15, 1951
May 15, 1951
May 15, 1951

Even in 1951, there were some unsavory people in Van Nuys.

Just like today, the derelicts tended to be good looking, tanned, tattooed…and some even wore leather pants, something not even attempted by modern criminals. Seemingly self-absorbed and stupid, they were unaware of how lucky they were to live in the immediate post-war era, a time before rock and roll, satellites, the Edsel and the Corvette, or pocket radios.

This photograph is from the Los Angeles Examiner Collection at the USC Digital Library Archives, and is dated May 15, 1951.

3 thoughts on “Narcotics Smuggling in Van Nuys: May 15, 1951

  1. These are fantastic photos. They look like they could have just walked off of Rebel Without a Cause or maybe The Wild One. The guy in the first photo looks like his stylist just stepped back after turning up the collar on the shirt and, Pop the picture was taken.

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