Protected: 1968: Previously, The Old Worst Year


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People People Envy


In 1961, the Valley Times newspaper ran a contest to promote a new insert, Weekend.  The winners produced a clipping of Miss Weekend Weather and claimed a $10 prize if they were chosen.  A photo essay, with pictures of the winners, entitled, “People People Envy” ran on September 3, 1961 in the Valley Times. All the women…

You March That Way, You’ll Live This Way


1955. Once upon a time, my father’s family lived on the South Side of Chicago. Grandpa Harry and Grandma Fanny had their little house on 88th and Clyde, a squat brick home built in 1950 with a back porch and a spotless kitchen.  Uncle Paul, Aunt Frances and Barry lived on Luella, not far from Grandpa…

A Cleared Lot


They have almost completely cleared the 27, 762 SF lot that is 6505 Columbus. The property once held a single family house, constructed in 1937. One of the owners was a production manager and second unit director, Cliff Broughton, Sr. On November 14, 1949, Mr. Broughton's son, Cliff Jr. was piloting the 136- foot-long schooner…

Valley Feed and Fuel


14551 Bessemer St. (Photo by Andrew B. Hurvitz) Map 14551 Bessemer On the NE corner of Bessemer and Vesper, here in Van Nuys, there is a steel walled storage warehouse with three pitched roofs. Unmarked with any signs, it seems to have been there many years, and is characteristic of structures that once stood alongside…

Clearing Up a Photo Mystery


I found a DWP  Collection photo from the 1920s that shows the Van Nuys office of “Wagner-Thoreson Co.” (a realty company) and a nattily attired man standing in front.  In the background is an estate on a large piece of land. A signpost reads: “Sherman Way” and “Lane St.” The photo had some information underneath which…