School registration in Van Nuys, 1958


On September 2, 1958, Miss Elsie Davis, Principal, ¬†Kittridge St. Elementary School in Van Nuys, CA registers children at her school. Linda Huntling and Bob Moore, 5 years old, stand glumly as their mothers oversee the process. 59 years ago, there were children with names like Linda and Bob, as old fashioned sounding now as…

Posture Contest, Van Nuys, 1958


It is hard to imagine that there were once posture contests and posture winners in Van Nuys. Leaders, like President/General Eisenhower, stood straight. On May 5, 1958, The L.A. Examiner wrote: "Loretta Fountain, 17, of Van Nuys High School, brushes away tears of joy as she holds trophy for best posture in senior girls division…

Chandler Blvd: 1958


Over 54 years ago, Chandler Blvd. had no sidewalks, endangering children who used their leg power to go to and from school. Public service minded officials did then what they might do today: earnestly and urgently reported it, worried about it.... and did nothing about it. The children who walked home from school back then…

South On Van Nuys Bl. Near Sylvan St. 9/27/1952


06 PERY 5179 South On Van Nuys Bl. Near Sylvan St. 19520927 AKW, originally uploaded by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Among the many changes Van Nuys has undergone in the last 60 years, two stand out in this old photograph. Diagonal curb parking and the Pacific Electric Rail helped ground the street and divide…

Saticoy School Evacuation: 1958


From the USC Digital Archives: "Photographer: Glickman. Date: 1958-03-26. Assignment: Saticoy School evacuation plan, 7850 Ethel Avenue, Van Nuys. G119-20: Children evacuate class rooms in predetermined plan for disaster".

Van Nuys Airport Noise Complaints: 1958.


Complaints about noise at Van Nuys Airport are nothing new. By way of Larry Harnisch's Daily Mirror blog in the LA TIMES.