Mostly Wholesome Van Nuys


Valley Times (1946-70) once published in the San Fernando Valley until it went bankrupt.

45,000 of its images are now being digitized and will be available online at the LA Public Library. To search for the images you must go here. Then enter “Valley Times and Van Nuys” in the “Keywords” box. Over 1,700 images will come up. Unfortunately, that is about the best search advice I can give. 

The booming Valley back then, seemingly a more wholesome and happier place, also includes many images of Van Nuys, some of which I’ve posted down below.

New boys and girls music groups at Van Nuys Junior High School, 5453 Vesper Av.  1/23/65
New boys and girls music groups at Van Nuys Junior High School, 5453 Vesper Av. 1/23/65
2/19/65: Motion Picture Club Camera's Dancers at Valley College.
2/19/65: Motion Picture Club Camera’s Dancers at Valley College.
2/23/65: Kids protest new anti-skateboard ordinance at Van Nuys City Hall.
2/23/65: Kids protest new anti-skateboard ordinance at Van Nuys City Hall.
10/8/64: Actress daughter sentenced to 30 days in jail for drunk charge.
10/8/64: Actress daughter sentenced to 30 days in jail for drunk charge.
8/27/64: Registration at Valley College.
8/27/64: Registration at Valley College.
11/16/64: Nazi gear found in trunk of man arrested for possession of tear gas.
11/16/64: Nazi gear found in trunk of man arrested for possession of tear gas.
11/20/64: Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, CA. Out patient clinic.
11/20/64: Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, CA. Out patient clinic.
3/4/64: New road signs in Los Angeles?
3/4/64: New road signs in Los Angeles?
5/24/63: Cesspool Protest at Valley Municipal Building, Van Nuys, CA.
5/24/63: Cesspool Protest at Valley Municipal Building, Van Nuys, CA.
12/3/63: New Fiat 1500 Spyder Convertibles arrive.
12/3/63: New Fiat 1500 Spyder Convertibles arrive.

6 thoughts on “Mostly Wholesome Van Nuys

  1. Hi!  I love your column!  I read the article about the digitized pictures, but I can’t access see them online.  What’s the trick?    Jan

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  2. These pics are awesome! There are already pictures on the L.A. Public Library website of the Valley from other sources, but to me, there has never been enough good pics of the Valley during the “booming” years, and now there will be more! Can’t wait to see them:)

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