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Monday, December 16, 2013

LOOKING BACK AT VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL IN 1950

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY           2013

On several occasions, in this blog, I have stressed the value to the San Fernando Valley's social history of school yearbooks and organization scrapbooks. Yearbooks often have an charm to them due to the fresh young student faces that are filled with the optimism of impending graduations. But there are occasions when the unpleasant ghosts of racism and social inequalities are glaringly apparent as well. Staged advertisements allow us to peek back into other times and circumstances.

 "Captain China" now playing at the Encino Theater 1950
16342 Ventura Boulevard

 Templin's Electrical Appliances
"Kent claimed it was the finest he had ever laid eyes on."
14522 Friar Street, Van Nuys

 "A beautiful display of fabrics and sewing materials"
Moore's Department Store
6329 Van Nuys Boulevard

 Zimmerman's Ice Cream Company
6374 Van Nuys Boulevard

Minstrel Show 1950 Van Nuys High School.
1950 Crimson and Gray yearbook 
 Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013.

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