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…

Densmore and Stagg, N. of Saticoy.


Drive west on Saticoy St., past the 405 and turn right/north, onto Densmore Avenue.  You are still, according to Google Maps, in Van Nuys. (all apologies to Lake Balboa, which seems to have some fourteen boundariesaround its neighborhood.) On Densmore, near Stagg, you’ll find, as I did, a neat, monotonous, hard-working district of small companies; mostly…

Stop, Thief!


Yesterday, around Noon, I went to meet my brother for lunch near his office at LaBrea and Wilshire. I was early. We weren’t meeting until 1pm so I took a walk along the south side of Wilshire heading west, passing Detroit, Cloverdale and S. Cochran. On the north side of Wilshire, I saw a middle-aged…

Lido Pizza and Other Businesses….


Christmas 1948: Van Nuys


These 1948 clippings were just sent to me by Phil DePauk, who grew up here in the 1940s and 50s and now lives in Virginia. The photo of Van Nuys Boulevard at Christmas, however, is from an unknown source but is also dated 1948. Mr. DePauk has a large collection of photographs and memorabilia, some…

Flames turn five businesses into ruins on Van Nuys Boulevard – LA Daily News


Flames turn five businesses into ruins on Van Nuys Boulevard - LA Daily News.