Van Nuys City Directory, 1940


The Los Angeles Public Library has a collection of city directories dating back to the late 19th Century and these are now mostly available online. Of course, I turned to browse at the 1939/40 San Fernando Valley City Directory, all 674 pages of it, with its detailed listings of every single person, property and business…

Postcard From Van Nuys: 1940


  Postcard courtesy of Valley Relics/ Tommy Gelinas.

Van Nuys Boulevard, Circa 1940


From the Department of Water and Power photo archives, comes this photograph of the Norvord Building at  6420 Van Nuys Boulevard, just north of Victory, circa 1940. Van Nuys Boulevard, before it was widened in 1954, had diagonal parking, as Brand Boulevard in Glendale does today. In looking at the above photograph, one can see…

Van Nuys Bl. Circa 1940


Valley Relics posted this circa 1940 color photograph of Van Nuys Blvd. facing south (towards Sherman Oaks) near Victory Blvd. Two things in the photo stand out that are different from today: the streetcar running up the center of the street and the diagonally parked cars. For many years, people have spoken about the loss…