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Thursday, February 18, 2010


2010 The Year of Valley Adventures
Picking Olives at Sylmar, California - Historic postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
This postcard mailed to Miss Sadie Gortner in McMinnville, Oregon on April 20, 1909 was a true penny-postcard. It bears a 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamp. The card, like many of its era was printed in Germany, ironic since Dr. Franklin made his living as a printer. It was published by the Newman Post Card Company in Los Angeles. "Th" writes to Miss Sadie, "Good morning and what will you have today."
By 1940 signs outside of Sylmar, California proclaimed that it was the world's largest producer of olives. Until very recent times olive trees lined San Fernando Road in that independent city in the San Fernando Valley.

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