Clearing Up a Photo Mystery


I found a DWP  Collection photo from the 1920s that shows the Van Nuys office of “Wagner-Thoreson Co.” (a realty company) and a nattily attired man standing in front.  In the background is an estate on a large piece of land. A signpost reads: “Sherman Way” and “Lane St.” The photo had some information underneath which…

The Armenian Directory: 1932.


Within the collections of the Los Angeles Public Library there are city, business and phone directories going back to 1873. Among the historic books can be found The Armenian Directory of The State of California, 1932, related to the Armenian community of Los Angeles, at that time, numbering a few thousands, many of whom were…

New Housing at Old Bank.


Last week, the LA Planning Commission approved 179 townhomes and 8 low-income apartments built partially out of the old North Hollywood Savings and Loan (later Chase) Bank at 4445 Lankershim Bl. at Riverside Dr. according a recent story in the Daily News. The 1961 building will be readapted for residential use, and include over 5,000 SF…

Van Nuys: Vigorous Valley Hub 12/13/1959


It was “230 square miles encircled by mountains and roofed by a blue sky.” Its 800,000 residents were more populous than Boston or San Francisco and its land size equaled the city of Chicago. It was famous for “its distinctive way of life” a “perpetual exhibit of Modern Suburbia at its brightest and biggest. Valley…

Exploring an Old Neighborhood on a Cool Summer Afternoon Near Dusk.


Yesterday Andreas and I drove over to an old neighborhood to walk around and take photos. The location was south of downtown, and the 10; east of the 110, and encompasses streets such as Washington Bl, Central, San Pedro and Maple. Most of the houses were built in the early 1900s. They are wood cottages…

1949: A $72 Million Dollar Flood Control Plan to Waterproof SFV


After March 1938 Flood: Lankershim Bl. looking north near Universal City. Photo: by Herman Schultheis After the disastrous 1938 floods, the City of Los Angeles worked with the State of California and the Federal Government, specifically The Army Corps of Engineers, to encase the rivers of Los Angeles in a waterproof lined concrete sewer to…