1955: Stylers of Van Nuys.

Photograph caption dated February 23, 1955 reads "Posing with custom, are, from left, Wally McIntyre, president, Stylers of Van Nuys, and George Weinstock, secretary-treasurer. Sleek showpiece is '48 Olds with unaltered engine but complete customizing, including 'Frenching' (recessing) headlights, 'shaving' (taking ornaments off) hood and 'deck' (trunk), new upholstering and rungs, choming windowsills and painting dash to…

Rain in Van Nuys: November 14, 1952

From the USC Digital Archives come these photographs of flooding in Van Nuys at Tyrone and Sylvan Streets (a block east of the Valley Municipal Building) after heavy rains. Caption reads: "Mrs. Agnes Snyder removes debris from car on flooded street. Wayne WIlson (bare foot) crosses St. Overall views of flooded Tyrone Ave. -- cars…

Car Fire at Salvation Army.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo80tG65_0U Today, around 12:30 PM, a car caught fire while parked in the Salvation Army lot at 6300 Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys. I was driving past it on my way to Costco. I stopped, parked and recorded these photos and video of the event which was quickly extinguished by the LAFD.

1950s Traffic Accident on San Vicente, Los Angeles, CA.

From the whimsical collection of Shorpy, I found this 1950s photograph of a car, on San Vicente, which hit a light pole. Most likely, the driver was not texting while driving.

Southern California Home Prices are down 35%

Mini-Cooper on Gilmore., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fi-housing20-2009jan20,0,3078806.story?track=rss From the Los Angeles Times Southern California home prices close out 2008 down 35% The December median sales price falls to $278,000, remaining at 2003 levels, a real estate research firm reports. By Peter Y. Hong 10:35 AM PST, January 19, 2009 Southern California…

Oblivious to the Fire.

  In shooting the fire yesterday, I have to admit that 9/11 was not far from my mind. I thought of the contrast of normality v. disaster as in this image.