Beware of Big Promises: 1963

Community leaders, developers, planners, business people, and boosters are forever promising a brighter day tomorrow. So it was in Van Nuys nearly 60 years ago. The new police station, a striking piece of $5 million dollar architecture, whose inspiration appears to be many vertically positioned Philco televisions, was nearing completion on March 29, 1963. The…

1963: LAPD Warns Hitchhikers of Predatory Homosexuals.

  "Photograph article dated July 18, 1963 partially reads, "Valley police have been issuing citations in recent months to teen-agers who hitchhike up and down Van Nuys Blvd. The department is worried because several Valley youths have been the victims of homosexuals who pick them up and refuse to let them out of the car.…

Opening of the Financial Center Building (14545 Victory), 1963

In the 1960s, Van Nuys was booming, respectable and the site of progressive, modern banking. In this October 7, 1963 photo, from the Valley Times Collection at the LAPL, actors and local business and financial leaders gather to snip a ribbon at the new headquarters of the Financial Center Building. The building still stands, just…

12012 Chandler.

Scanning through some of the postcards loaned to me by Tommy Gelinas at Valley Relics, I came across this 1963 postcard of a new building at  the corner of Chandler and Laurel Canyon in North Hollywood. 12012 Chandler was the home of "the first Honeywell 400 computer service center in the US." The Honeywell 400 was…

Huntington Archives






I have often passed this apartment on Fulton, north of Moorpark, and noticed its unique and graphic address sign.  While searching through the archives of photographer Maynard Parker (1900-1976) housed at the Huntington, I came across photos he made in 1963.

If this building is not on a list of historic preservation- it should be.




Fulton Terrace Apartments. Exterior. Los Angeles, CA


Parker, Maynard L., 1901-1976.


1963 May

Contributing Institution:

Huntington Library, Photo Archive