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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Smith Brothers' Hobby Center in Northridge - Photos by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - October 2009 (click on image to enlarge)

Hobbies often lead their followers into a serious study of history. In my walk today, in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of Northridge next year, I ducked into the Smith Brothers' Hobby Center. I loved the place; model airplanes, plans for miniature trains and wonderful tools that we'd all like to have.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley has a vital interest in the history of transportation in our part of California. We are particularly focused on the aerospace and airplane manufacturing businesses of the greater Valley communities. If you would like to help us build our archives about rockets, airplanes, trains, rapid transit or our freeways, contact your Museum today.
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1 comment:

CaHwyGuy - Daniel the California Highway Guy said...

How true. An interest in highways and maps led to my website (, as well as an interest in the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles and Valley history, especially in the routing and streets in the valley. You never know where your hobbies might take you.

Daniel (Northridge, CA)