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…

The Studio City Story


The other day, I drove past the gray ranch with white casement windows at 4336 Teesdale, a house I briefly lived in for 4 months when I arrived in Studio City in May 1994. There was a for sale sign in front, so I stopped my car, got out and started to take photos for…

Flood: Van Nuys, CA


Flood: Van Nuys, CA, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. "Wow, what a cool picture! That little shop on the corner is my grandfather Frank Preimesberger's Van Nuys Printing shop. He started the business in 1942 after moving to Van Nuys from Pierz, Minn. The business was passed to my uncle Lee Preimesberger in…

Flood: Van Nuys, CA


Flood: Van Nuys, CA, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. Van Nuys Bl. 1938 Flood

1938 Flood: Van Nuys, CA


Don Waters, of St. Louis, MO, who grew up in Van Nuys in the 1950s, sent me these vintage photos of our area. They were shot by his grandfather during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Among the hardships endured at that time were flooding and low agricultural prices.