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Thursday, September 5, 2013


CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                2013

1965 Texaco street map of the San Fernando Valley - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2013. In the 1950s and 60s, street maps like the one above were given out at gas stations across the Valley. Often such a map was taped to the wall of the station's service area with an "X" marking where the viewer was. Eventually, the maps were sold for a dime, then a quarter, and with computer map searches have all but disappeared.

Vintage postcard of the 101 freeway.  Likely Barham Boulevard Overpass.  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013
"Hollywood Freeway, Hollywood, California. This world famous thoroughfare connects Los Angeles Civic Center to the San Fernando Valley. Hollywood in the distance."

From the time of the ancient Tongva to tomorrow's commute, how to get from one part of Los Angeles to another has been an adventure. The greater San Fernando Valley, with its two millions residents is one of most under served areas in the United States. The red line subway makes only two North Hollywood stops in the Valley.


California Girl said...

Sure do remember those maps. And the free dish or glass giveaway with fill up.

Gerald R. Fecht said...

And, a lot of the glass - if they commemorated stuff were screened with lead paint. Ole'

donnie said...

My God, it's hard to imagine a time when the freeway(s) would have been that....empty. Amazing.

David Coscia said...

The postcard of Hollywood Freeway shows the Pilgrimage Playhouse Bridge, which now provides access to the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood. The theatre is on the site of the former Pilgrimage Playhouse.

California Girl said...

Would not have remembered The Pilgrimage Theatre had you not mentioned it.