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Old 01-31-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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Boy, would I like to go back there (1953) for a few days and just drive around the western and northwestern part of the valley just to see how it looked before it was (over)developed.

For me, it would be especially interesting to explore areas like what is now Chatsworth St. and Tampa Ave; Reseda Blvd. and Devonshire St; and Tampa Ave and Rinaldi St.
Victory and Tampa 1960s


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Old 01-31-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Ha, I uploaded that photo onto City-Data. My dad took that photo and I scanned his Kodachrome slide.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Victory and Tampa 1960s
Notice how clean the area looks and how new the streets look!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Notice how clean the area looks and how new the streets look!
What seems more noticeable to me is the lower density of cars whether parked or moving. Of course, that photo may have been taken at 7am on a sunday, i don't know.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:08 PM
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Boy, would I like to go back there (1953) for a few days and just drive around the western and northwestern part of the valley just to see how it looked before it was (over)developed.

For me, it would be especially interesting to explore areas like what is now Chatsworth St. and Tampa Ave; Reseda Blvd. and Devonshire St; and Tampa Ave and Rinaldi St.
You would have loved the drive west on Devonshire. Giant eucalyptus trees lined the road for a long stretch approaching the RR tracks. They blocked out the sun and the temp was about 10 degrees cooler. There was a hot dog stand near the tracks where you could order a root beer in a frosted mug for 15 cents.

You could rent horses just west of Topanga and race from one electrical transmission tower to another. You could tie the horses to a hitching post at the drugstore on Devonshire, and purchase Marlboro's in the box, perhaps to fulfill a teenage boy's macho fantasy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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Ha, I uploaded that photo onto City-Data. My dad took that photo and I scanned his Kodachrome slide.
Well thanks to your dad then....
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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Notice how clean the area looks and how new the streets look!
....And an actual full service gas station.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Wilton, CA
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Great memories Charles and everyone! The Bill DeYoung station looks so pristine with that majestic background. It really is a beautiful reminder of what the area was once like. The Downtown Canoga Park postcard reminds me of Sherman Way (I have a feeling that's where it is ). I was there in July and visited the Green Thumb Nursery on the corner of Sherman Way and Jordan Avenue. Sherman Way looks similar to the postcard.....although the postcard makes the shops look shiny and beautiful. They are more worn and aged now.

I bet it was a BLAST playing broom ball at the skating rink. I have such good memories of that place. I can almost remember the music playing and trying to stay upright on my skates. Do you remember the "rain" fountain a the Topanga Plaza?

I also remember the little photo hut!
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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Great memories Charles and everyone! The Bill DeYoung station looks so pristine with that majestic background. It really is a beautiful reminder of what the area was once like. The Downtown Canoga Park postcard reminds me of Sherman Way (I have a feeling that's where it is ). I was there in July and visited the Green Thumb Nursery on the corner of Sherman Way and Jordan Avenue. Sherman Way looks similar to the postcard.....although the postcard makes the shops look shiny and beautiful. They are more worn and aged now.

I bet it was a BLAST playing broom ball at the skating rink. I have such good memories of that place. I can almost remember the music playing and trying to stay upright on my skates. Do you remember the "rain" fountain a the Topanga Plaza?

I also remember the little photo hut!
Would this be the fountain you are talking about?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5...0Park%20CA.jpg
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Would this be the fountain you are talking about?

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5...0Park%20CA.jpg
Yes, that is it.
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