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Friday, April 4, 2008


Harvard School - vintage postcard - collection of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - postmarked 1908 - gift of Gerald Fecht 2008

Special thanks to Rania Pallad and Karen Whitaker for their hard work getting our non-profit documents for the State of California this week.

Grenvill Emery opened the doors of Harvard School at the onset of the 20th century in Los Angeles, California. The school was in fact a military academy, which in 1911 won the sponsorship of the Episcopal Church. In 1937, the directors of the school secured a loan from Donald Douglas, owner of the Douglas Aviation Company to move the school to the San Fernando Valley.
Fortunately, the splendid Saint Savior's Chapel was moved from its Venice Boulevard location to North Hollywood, where it stands today as a cultural landmark of the City of Los Angeles.
The vintage postcard featured here was mailed 100 years ago, to Miss Bessie Milholland at 872 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California. The card's message reads: "7-31-08 Dear Bessie, I am in L.A. this aft (afternoon). Will be back for party.
(signature is as follows - good luck reading it)

The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

3 comments: said...

thank you Rania & Karen. Gary Fredburg

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babbling brook said...

One more hurdle--congrats and thanks for all the tedious work.