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Thursday, November 29, 2012

SMALL TREASURES OF A BURBANK SCHOOL GIRL

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY        2012

     Artifacts work like pieces of a complex jig saw puzzle. Little by little, the parts of a picture begin to emerge. What was important to a San Fernando Valley school girl in the 1950s? We're not surprised that Linda O'Connor saved her sports letters, but she protected her angora car dice as well. 
     In our San Fernando Valley "car culture" and without significant public transportation in the era, the automobile, even your mom's hand-me-down Chevy, meant freedom and independence to kids from Burbank to Canoga Park. A pair of angora dice hanging from a rear view mirror was a sure sign that being an adult woman was only a graduation diploma away. 

Angora Car Dice - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Linda O'Connor 2012. Click on the image to enlarge it.  These great, hank knitted dice came with an instruction brochure.

John Burroughs High School Sports Letter c. 1959 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Linda O'Connor 2012.

1958  John Burroughs High School - Chieftains sports badge.

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