Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Another election, another possibility to change the direction of Van Nuys and reorient this community into progress and prosperity.

Over the last 100 years, men and women, with much less technology and money, managed to build, plan, create and civilize a vast, semi-arid valley, a place of schools, homes, factories, industries, churches, women’s clubs and fraternal organizations. A sense of local pride was evident, as seen in these photographs.

When people had less, it seems, they valued what they had more.

Photographs on this page are taken from the USC Digital Archives, CSUN and LAPL.
The 1926 images are from the Dick Whittington Studios now archived at USC.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

Van Nuys 1926. Dick Whittington Studios.

California Bank Van Nuys Blvd/Sylva (circa 1925)

California Bank Van Nuys Blvd/Sylva (circa 1925)

GM Plant on Van Nuys Blvd (circa 1950)

GM Plant on Van Nuys Blvd (circa 1950)

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Van Nuys Circa 1945

Van Nuys Circa 1945

Old Van Nuys Women's Club (14852 Sylvan near Kester).  Now Eglesia de Jesuschristo.

Old Van Nuys Women’s Club (14852 Sylvan near Kester). Now Eglesia de Jesuschristo.

Van Nuys Blvd. at Friar (circa 1950). Notice diagonal parking and streetcar wiring.

Van Nuys Blvd. at Friar (circa 1950). Notice diagonal parking and streetcar wiring.

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