Pandemic Innovations.


With the pandemic locking the world down until a cure is found, Los Angeles is again leading the way to find out how to do business and stay safe. Here are some new innovations which are startling in their modernity and imaginativeness: To keep patrons safe, many restaurants are now offering service directly to your…

Glorious California: Some Photographs from UCLA’s Bartlett Collection.


Members of Santa Monica College Women's Row-A-Way Club, Santa Monica, 1935House with tiled roof, garden, and gated wall, Palm Springs, [1930s or 1940s?]California Bank, Brentwood office, Brentwood, [1957]Prefabricated steel home, [1930s?] UCLA's Adelbert Bartlett Collection has superb, hi-resolution images from the work of a commercial photographer who lived from 1887-1966 and worked in Southern California…

Kester Square: Bassett St/1950


With no down payment, for $44.50 a month, you could buy a brand new, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in Van Nuys in 1950 starting at $7,950.00 ($83,033.63 today). Kester Square, a little pocket of 37 new single-family residences, was quickly erected in a few months and planted on old farmland just steps from Kester…

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.…

Vanowen and Laurel Canyon: 1931


From the archives of USC comes these fascinating (Dick Whittington Studio) photos of Vanowen and Laurel Canyon Blvds. in 1931. What might have become of the vast and verdant emptiness had it been developed with a plan, or a vision, beyond that of buyer and seller and developer? It would be an intersection harmonious, civilized,…

Historic Van Nuys: Katherine Avenue and Vicinity


Is Van Nuys, as some believe, a hopelessly hellish place beyond redemption? Perhaps not. Hidden just east of Van Nuys Boulevard, south of Vanowen, is a secret garden neighborhood of historic houses, quaint architecture and lovely homes. Katherine Avenue is the heart of it, and it has a landscaped traffic circle, a construct of such ingeniousness and…