2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures
Putting in a New Lawn in NoHo 1939 - Gift to Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Jim Rowe 2010 - Refer to photo 1486 (click on image to enlarge)
New Home in NoHo 1939 - Gift to Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Jim Rowe 2010 - Refer to photo 1486 (click on image to enlarge)
Jim Rowe, not only continues to share great photographs of the early, pre-WWII days of the Valley, but adds a priceless account of what was transpiring in his family at the time.
“Our first home - Built in NoHo (6544 Farmdale Avenue) Near Victory & Tujunga. (Next to the future Fair Ave. School. The cost was $5,000 in 1939 and you had a choice of either a tennis court or small swimming pool.
The driveway, curbs, lights and sidewalks were all extra. The backyard incinerator (to burn trash) was $25 extra. Trees were $5 each and we planted 4 Eucalyptus in the back yard. (still there)”
“The curbs have yet to be constructed. Milk, Ice, Water, Fruit & Vegetables were all delivered by truck until McFadden's Market was built (Victory & Tujunga).
The only newspapers were: L.A. Times, Herald Examiner, Valley Times, Green Sheet (Daily News) and the Dime-A-Line news (Ads)
Television didn't arrive until 1948 - After WW2 ... Dad built a 10" TV (TransVision) from a kit, soldering on it every night on our dining room table. When it was complete, He turned it to the window and the neighbors brought beach chairs and sat in our front yard to watch Bing Crosby & Wrestling with Dick Lane on Ch 5 (KTLA). Later, Ch 2 (KTSL) came on the air and the competition began!”