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Friday, January 21, 2011



When we first began to really look at a calendar of San Fernando Valley notables, Steve Falk a founder of the Maple Leaf Society, said: "Well, Betty Grable and Harry James used to board their horses at our ranch." The Falk Ranch was at the top of the hill in Granada Hills. Steve added that the famous couple lived in Northridge nearby.
Note: In March 2011, we discovered that the Betty Grable - Harry James "Baby J. Ranch" was actually between Woodland Hills and Calabasas.
Harry James was considered in the Swing Era to be one of the world's greatest trumpet players. His big band enriched the lives of "the greatest generation." Betty Grable was the pin up girl of World War II.
Harry James, holding his trademark trumpet, speaks with an unknown man from the stage. Photo is a gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011, courtesy of Schwartz Collectibles in Westlake Village. (click on image to enlarge) Refer to photo 2312

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