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Thursday, May 31, 2012

WHY AREN'T THERE MORE GIRLS AND WOMEN IN THIS COLLECTION?

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North Hollywood "NoHo" Historic Walking Tour on Saturday, June 9


North Hollywood "NoHo" Historic Walking Tour on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


Tour highlights include: Amelia Earhart Statue Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924) Amelia Earhart Library (1928) El Portal Theatre (1926) NoHo Arts District NoHo Fire Station #60 So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1896) Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building Weddington Family History North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542 St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect) Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building Air raid siren Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended) ALL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE THE NEW, BEAUTIFUL NORTH HOLLYWOOD TOUR BOOKLET!!! RSVP/Pay in Advance:
1. Call us at 818-347-9665 (Please leave name, email address and phone number ) Walk-ups welcome too! 2. Email at events@TheMuseumSFV.org 3. Pay in advance by going to Museum website at www.theMuseumSFV.org, go to Events or any web page, then click on DONATE button in upper right hand corner of any web page to reserve by credit card or PayPal. Cost: $10 per person suggested donation Parking: Street and metered parking in area Tour meets at Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of Tujunga St. AND Magnolia Blvd. (at corner of Library) Please visit us on the web at www.TheMuseumSFV.org Thank you to sponsor Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Do you remember the Victoria Station Restaurant in Woodland Hills? Soon we'll have a real railroad station restored in North Hollywood. Check out the front page of the Daily News today.

Vintage postcard - Victoria Station Restaurant - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012 -  (click on image to enlarge)

MUSEUM EXPO SPACE
Westfield Fashion Square
Woodman and Riverside
Sherman Oaks
(Mall entrance next to See's Candy)




THE MUSEUM’S MAILING ADDRESS
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

MUSEUM’S TELEPHONE         1 (818) 347-9665
MUSEUM'S EXPO SPACE
Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks
bottom floor near the See's Candy Store

MUSEUM’S BLOG

MUSEUM’S WEBSITE

HARRY JAMES BIG BAND LEADER LIVED IN WOODLAND HILLS

 Harry James - historic postcard 
 Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012
 (click on image to enlarge)

The great Harry James was one of the most important performers of the Big Band Era in the late 1930s and 1940s. His trumpet was recognized world-wide. James' band began in Philadelphia and was the first to employ the amazing Frank Sinatra.
Harry James lived in Woodland Hills, with his wife the equally famous Betty Grable. Race horses bred on their ranch were American champions.  James often collaborated with Frank Sinatra who lived in Toluca Lake at the time.

Monday, May 14, 2012

VALLEY FAMILY FESTIVAL AND MOVIE UNDER THE STARS - JUNE 2, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join The Museum, Councilmember Mitchell Englander, the Kiwanis Club of Northridge and the LA Department of Recreation and Parks at Northridge Recreation Center for this FREE fun-filled family event! Enjoy music, food, art, live performances and Dreamwork's movie "Puss in Boots."

The Museum will be exhibiting some great photos and artifacts for you to enjoy while at the event. Also members of the Museum's Public Art Initiative will be working with the children creating various arts and crafts projects including building a city of boxes.


Visit cd12.org for more information about the event.
To get information via Facebook visit the Valley Family Festival page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Valley-Family-Festival/355348714507979

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Museum Art Walk Tourists at CSUN examine ceramic wall sculpture - April 2012

MUSEUM JOINS UNIVERSAL CITY NORTH HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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In gratitude for three years of solid support of The Museum's historic walking tours, The Museum Board voted our membership in the Universal City North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.


THE WHEREHOUSE RECORD STORE IN PANORAMA CITY, 1973

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Mitch Perliss gave The Museum's blog permission to share this photograph of the Wherehouse record store Number 6, taken in the Fall of 1973 in Panorama City.
Mitch notes on his Facebook page that " Mike's Pizza was behind the store, a valley fixture for a long time and they made the greatest garlic rolls. Manager's office shared the same wall as the oven and the smell was overwhelming, but they gave us a bag of rolls every day."



    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    OLD HEIDELBERG WAS ONCE A FAVORITE GERMAN RESTAURANT IN THE VALLEY

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    Just west of LA Valley College on Oxnard Street in Van Nuys, Hoppe's Old Heidelberg German restaurant once served wonderful food and great beer. It was an especially fun place to visit in October. Dishes such as a two pound pork shank proved too much for a weight conscious Valley clientele.


    LEARNING TO SKI IN SHERMAN OAKS IN THE 1950s


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    In the 1950s, Valley residents who wanted to learn to ski might have considered Harold Larson's Viking Ski Center at 13733 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. These great photographs are shared with The Museum Community by Priscilla Shipstad. 




    The large wooden ski ramp at the Viking Ski Shop was on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Mammoth Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

    ACTOR EDIN GALI VISITS MUSEUM SPACE IN SHERMAN OAKS

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    A recurring statement made by members of our Museum Community is that "the San Fernando Valley is in the very heart of the entertainment capital of the world." Nearly everyone who visits our Expo Space in the Westfield Fashion Square mall relates to the memorabilia and images of the many performers and films related to Valley history. Actors, screen writers and those who work in the many crafts related to film, television and video games regularly visit the site. 
    Among the most recent was the up and coming young actor Edin Gali, the recurring guest-star of the AMC television show "Mad Men," an Emmy nominated production. He plays the role of Kurt Smith. 


    Edin Gali was born in Bosnia, attended elementary schools in Germany and came with his family to Saint Louis, Missouri where he completed his education at Melville Senior High School. He studied acting under Sharon Pfitzinger before moving to the San Fernando Valley to pursue his career as a film and television actor. Edin resides in Valley Village. He has appeared in television commercials for Dr. Pepper, Wrigley, and Maxwell House Coffee.

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    MUSIC PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HISTORY



    1963 recording of the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012. (click on image to enlarge.) From classical composers like Erik Korngold and Elmer Berstein, to popular musicians such as the Jackson family or the Jonas Brothers, the San Fernando Valley has been the home of some of America's most important professional and amateur musicians. The Museum of the San Fernando Valley actively collects and safeguards music and music artifacts related to Valley life and culture.

    A FAMILY OUTING AT THE MUSEUM

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    Rowland LoBianco of Palm Springs brought his Aunt Sally by The Museum Space this week, to share stories about their family in the San Fernando Valley, and talk about Roy's experiences at Notre Dame High School and L.A. Valley College.

    VALLEY COLLGE ALUMNI FRIENDS VISIT MUSEUM SPACE

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    Meeting friends at The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is becoming increasingly popular. It's a chance to share memories and to explore Valley history at the same time. Here Barry Ross of Manhattan Beach, Gary Fredburg Vice President of The Museum and Larry Pitsch of Bangkok, Thailand check out 1950s bowling shirts as they talk about their adventures as students at Los Angeles Valley College.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    ARTHUR D. ASTON A FOUNDER OF VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL


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    Arthur D. Aston Sr. died on March 15, 2000, He was the winner of the 1974 Fernando Award, now in the archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. (The coveted award is on exhibit at The Museum's Expo Space at the Westfield Fashion Square Mall.  

     
    Painting of Arthur D. Aston Sr. at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys.
    Photograph by Thomas Mentley - Winnetka, California

    Mr. Aston, who was a leader of Valley Federal Savings was also a founder of Valley Presbyterian Hospital.  He was 88 years old when he died.

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    VAN NUYS WALKING TOUR SATURDAY MAY 12th


    MEMORIES OF WOODMAN AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL





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    Few San Fernando Valley residents remember Los Angeles Woodman Avenue Elementary School today. The school, determined unsafe for earthquakes, was demolished in 1960. Woodman Elementary not only served its Sherman Oaks neighborhood but also provided public education for the boys who lived in the nearby McKinley Home for Boys. It was located on the southwest corner of Woodman Avenue and Riverside Drive, opposite of Notre Dame High School. Made of un-reinforced brick, the building was determined in 1958 to be seismically unsafe. The property was sold, making way for the beginning of the Westfield Fashion Square Mall that dominates the area today.
    Exteriors scenes of the popular motion picture, The Boy With Green Hair was filmed at Woodman Elementary School in 1948. The film made a star of a young Dean Stockwell. 










    VAN NUYS WALKING TOUR THIS SATURDAY

    CHERISHING OUR VALLEY           2012

    Don't forget -HISTORIC VAN NUYS WALKING TOUR this Saturday.



    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    GLENDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH c. 1912

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    William Brawn wrote this postcard to Mrs. A.J. Tantingler in Lauton, Oklahoma a hundred years ago, he would not have guessed that it would become part of San Fernando Valley history a hundred years later.
     Glendale Presbyterian Church - historic postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

    "May 12th.
    Dear Friend. I received the Lauton paper and reads the article you marked with much pleasure.
    On reverse side is a picture of the church where I worship.
    Many thanks for your thoughtfulness, and with kindest best wishes.
    I am your friend,  Wm. Braun (or Brawn)"

    MEN'S GARTERS WERE IN STYLE IN 1909

    DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY        2012

    Elastic in the tops of socks wiped out the men's garter business. This advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post was printed when men's garters were so much in style that they were marketed as an ideal holiday gift.

    THE REAL THING ANTIQUES IN STUDIO CITY

     CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

    The Real Thing Antique Store - Vintage Post Card -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

    MUSEUM EXPO SPACE
    Westfield Fashion Square
    Woodman and Riverside
    Sherman Oaks
    (Mall entrance next to See's Candy)



    THE MUSEUM’S MAILING ADDRESS
    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
    21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
    Woodland Hills, CA 91364

    MUSEUM’S TELEPHONE         1 (818) 347-9665
    MUSEUM'S EXPO SPACE
    Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks
    bottom floor near the See's Candy Store

    MUSEUM’S BLOG

    MUSEUM’S WEBSITE

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    BETTY GRABLE AND HARRY JAMES WERE WORLD FAMOUS

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    Harry James and Betty Grable - Vintage Postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

    "Harry James, famed band leader, and lovely 20th Century Fox star, Betty Grable were married in 1943. Victoria Elizabeth, their eldest daughter, was born March 3, 1944 and Jessica on May 2o, 1947. Look for Betty in "The Beautiful Blond from Bashful Bend."

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    VENTURA BLVD MAGAZINE SPRING 2012 FEATURES BIRD WUNDERLAND

    CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

    Ventura Blvd Magazine always has great articles about our Valley's rich heritage. This month's Spring edition features (pages 22-23) a story entitled: "Lions Tigers and Bears ... Nearby." The photos are from The Museum's Jean Putney Collection of movieland's historic Bird Wunderland. 
    You'll like the magazine's other great stories as well. 

    VENTURA BLVD MAGAZINE  SPRING 2012

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    GLENDALE STREET SCENE

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    Glendale Street Scene - Vintage Post Card - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge)

    MUSEUM EXPO SPACE
    Westfield Fashion Square
    Woodman and Riverside
    Sherman Oaks
    (Mall entrance next to See's Candy)


    THE MUSEUM’S MAILING ADDRESS
    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
    21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
    Woodland Hills, CA 91364

    MUSEUM’S TELEPHONE         1 (818) 347-9665
    MUSEUM'S EXPO SPACE
    Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks
    bottom floor near the See's Candy Store

    MUSEUM’S BLOG

    MUSEUM’S WEBSITE

    SAN FERNANDO HIGH SCHOOL's MAY QUEEN 1934

    CHERISHING OUR VALLEY     2012

    Joyce Berry - May Queen - San Fernando High School - 1934

    In 1934, the students of San Fernando High School selected Joyce Berry as their first "indoor" May Festival's May Queen. (Click on image to enlarge)