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Merry Christmas from Here in Van Nuys

Sunday Afternoon on Kittridge St.


It was late Sunday afternoon in December, here in Van Nuys. The air was brisk, the sun was low, a pork butt simmered in the slow cooker. This is the time of the year when you can see the mountains beyond the orange trees. Days are brief and what gets done gets done quickly. The…

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…

California Terrace, Pasadena.


It is Christmas on Califonia Terrace today in Pasadena near the Arroyo Seco. On a slope, under the very large homes along Grand Avenue, the smaller, intimate, picturesque and cosseted grounds of California Terrace contain a collection of domestic dreaminess. There are picket fence colonials, like the ones on Martha’s Vineyard, but bathed in warm…


From the Daily News. More evidence of our advanced culture in Los Angeles: Vandals shoot out windows in Reseda,  Van Nuys By Sue Doyle, Staff Writer Updated: 12/25/2009 12:43:52 AM PST Vandals with a Grinch-like spirit shattered several commercial and car windows on a 4.5-mile spree through Reseda and Van Nuys, officials said Thursday. Armed with…

1957: Legal Immigrants in Van Nuys.


From the CSUN Digital Library. "Bethlehem Star Parade. The parade was held at Christmas-time for many years. In 1957, the Norrona Lodge No. 50 won 1st place. Pictured here are Jake Olson, Ralph Rettledahl, Elsa Holmstraud, Pam Anderson, Janie Larson, Eileen Hill, Jan Riesser, Mildred Riesser, Jayne Applen, Lilah Mobraten, and Jan Seeger. The Sons…