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Friday, February 25, 2011

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF VAN NUYS WITH THE GREAT ANDY DIVINE

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY        2011                     100 years of Van Nuys history

Have you ever heard of the Crystal Plunge?  Once the mid-Valley's favorite swimming pool, the Plunge is said to have been the idea of the great old time character actor and Van Nuys resident Andy Divine. This year, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley salutes the 100th birthday of Van Nuys, and will be collecting artifacts from this important part of the Valley, all year.
This year too,  your Museum's blog is noting our 1,700th entry. We'd like to add more images of Andy Divine and add some of the once famous Crystal Plunge.  Think Van Nuys Heritage in 2011 - we are!

 Andy Divine October 7, 1905 to February 13, 1977.

Andy Divine, America's favorite cowboy "side kick" of the 1940s and 50s. Postcard gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011. (click on image to enlarge)
The artist of this painting was Mildred Wheeler of Kingman, Arizona. It hangs in the Mohave Museum of History and Art in Kingman.



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