Photograph dated May 12, 1948 shows 87 year-old Mrs. Emma Fischer Story the widow of Thomas Story, Burbank’s first mayor. She is one of Burbank’s earliest residents and is being honored as the city’s ‘Queen Mother’ in the Burbank on Parade Festival.
Burbank Queen greets Queen Mother. Photograph dated May 12, 1948, Miss Burbank, Frannie Reynolds (later known as actress Debbie) and Mrs. Emma Fischer ready for parade.
Photograph article dated August 3, 1963 partially reads, “A Valley integration leader says there is much that local chambers of commerce and service clubs could do if they seriously wanted to aid desegregation in the Valley. “But no one has offered any help to us. There is a lot they could do, but they haven’t made the effort,” says Georgia Taylor, president of the Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mrs. Taylor, a 38-year-old Negro who lives with her husband and five children in an almost completely Negro neighborhood in Pacoima, has a project that she says chambers of commerce and service clubs could handle. A major problem in the Valley, she holds, is the fact that many Southern Negros and whites have come to California bringing their segregation practices with them.” Photo by Gordon Dean.
The rise in jobs during the growth of manufacturing and defense industries post World War II brought many African Americans to the Valley, but racial discrimination in the newly built suburban housing developments kept neighborhoods segregated. A large and active African American community formed in Pacoima. In 1960, 90% of the nearly 10,000 African Americans in the Valley lived in there. Community involvement in churches and the local chapter of the NAACP forged opportunities for youth, integration and fair housing practices.
“Neighborhood Christian Services, a newly established social-religious service in Pacoima has helped Calvary Baptist Church expand, its youth program. Founded to provide social and religious guidance to community groups, the organization will work to combat antisocial elements in economically and educationally deprived groups, say its founders. Mrs. Susie Michaels, a Calvary youth worker, Mr. Broadous and Mr. Baugh hold a planning conference on the church’s program for young people.”
Neighborhood Christian Services, “Teen-agers attracted by the newly expanded youth program play basketball.” February 15, 1964, Photo by Gordon Dean.
Rev. Atha Baugh, director of NCS (Neighborhood Christian Services), holds a vocational counseling session with Karen Farris, 17, and Joyce Thomas, 16.” February 15, 1964, Photo by Gordon Dean.
Photograph caption dated March 27, 1958 reads, “Marie Broadous, 18, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Broadous of 11185 De Garmo Ave., Pacoima, is the teenager of the week for the Pacoima Coordinating Council. Miss Broadous, a journalism major at Valley Junior College, is a Sunday school teacher in her father’s parish, the Calvary Baptist Church, and has assisted with YWCA programs.”
Photograph caption dated March 4, 1963 reads, “Leaders of the Fair Housing Council – Frank Barnes, left, and the Rev. Paul Sawyer – consult with Mrs. Georgia Taylor of the Valley unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” Photo by Jeff Goldwater.
Photograph caption dated June 1, 1963 reads, “Board members include Hawley Arnold, Mr. Wetzel, and David Nesmith.” Reverend John C. Wetzel, pastor of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Pacoima, wants to establish a congregation of people from different races and economic backgrounds at his church.” Photo by George Brich.
Photograph article dated November 15, 1963 partially reads, “The first formal complaint of racial discrimination under the new Rumford Fair Housing Act has been filed against the owners, agent and manager of a San Fernando apartment. Fair Employment Practice Commissioner Dwight R. Zook accused the operators of an apartment at 302 Harding St. of refusing an application by the Rev. Nathaniel Lacy Jr. because of his race. Mr. Lacy, 28, Negro pastor of the Methodist Church of Pacoima, sought the apartment for his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Willis. Charged in the complaint are property owners John and Antonette Ciufo, Van Nuys; agent Barry Marlin, 14011 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, and resident manager G. A. Parker.” Photo by Jeff Goldwater.
Photograph caption dated March 4, 1963 reads, “Pickets protest – More than 100 pickets marched yesterday in front of Valley Board of Realtors Inc. offices, 7232 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, to protest realtors’ support of initiative to repeal Rumford Housing Act.” Photo by Jeff Robbins.
These images of Malcom X speaking at a Los Angeles rally have just been added to the online collection. Below are a few images from the Valley Times coverage of the Nation of Islam in Los Angeles.
Photograph article dated May 21, 1962 partially reads, “Black Muslim leader Malcolm X denounced Mayor Samuel W. Yorty as a ‘professional liar’ Sunday in Los Angeles and called on a cheering Negro crowd to ‘come together against the common enemy.’ Flanked by the well-dressed, grim-faced suspects of the April 27 Muslim-police clash, Mr. X said: ‘Remember all of us are black. It’s not a Muslim fight – it’s a black man’s fight. We’re all catching hell from the same white men and we must get them off our back.'” Photograph was taken at Park Manor Auditorium, 607 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles by Jeff Goldwater.
Photograph was taken at Park Manor Auditorium, 607 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. Malcolm X is shown indicating wound the unidentified man suffered after the clash between police officers and the Muslim men, May 21, 1962. Photo by Jeff Goldwater
Photograph article dated March 22, 1961 partially reads, “The leader of the Los Angeles branch of the national Muslim movement today denied that his group teaches either black supremacy or hatred of the white race. The group is ‘not anti-anything,’ he said. Minister John X., Pacoima resident and head of Mosque 27 in downtown Los Angeles, said a ‘lack of understanding’ has led groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to criticize the Muslims. The Muslim leader took the name ‘John X., after he arrived in Los Angeles from St. Louis and became interested in the Muslim movement four years ago, he said.”
Muslim Mosque, 13209 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, March 27, 1961
Photograph caption dated April 8, 1965 reads, “Academy award winner Rex Harrison reads the Valley Times’ special Academy Awards section which reported all the colorful details of the 37th annual Oscar race. Rex is wearing his ‘Mr. ‘iggins’ hat, one of the trademarks of his role in ‘My Fair Lady’ which won him the highly prized Oscar.” Photo by Peter Banks
Here’s a glimpse at some of the Valley Times photographer’s coverage of the Academy Awards:
Walt Disney smiles as he holds two Oscars for best documentary feature, The Vanishing Prairie, and for special effects, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, March 31, 1955
Crowds of ticket holders make a rush for the Hollywood Pantages door in anticipation of the two-hour telecast of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 31st annual awards presentation, April 7, 1959
Adults, as well as teens, made up crowd of 5,000 at the 33rd Annual Academy Awards, April 18, 1961. Photo by Jon Woods
Best supporting actors, Shirley Jones and Peter Ustinov, April 18, 1961. Photo by Jon Woods
Shirley Jones poses for Look’s Earl Thiesen, May 4, 1961. Photo by George Brich
Wayne Wier, winner of the Valley Times TODAY’s Academy Awards Sweepstakes Contest, April 21, 1961. Photo by Jon Woods
Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Greer Garson who accepted the trophy for the absent Sophia Loren, and Maximilian Schell, April 10, 1962. Photo by Jeff Goldwater
Best Supporting Actress Rita Moreno, April 10, 1962. Photo by Jeff Goldwater
Fans outside the Santa Monica Civic auditorium, April 9, 1963. Photo by Alan Hyde
April 9, 1963 reads, David Lean was named Best Director for his ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ April 9, 1963. Photo by Alan Hyde
Producer Sam Spiegel and his seven Oscars for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ April 9, 1963. Photo by Alan Hyde
Spectators outside Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, April 14, 1964. Photo by Bob Martin
Here’s a glimpse at some of the parades commemorating celebrations in Valley communities:
July 5, 1965
Freedom Season Parade in Woodland Hills, float by the Independence Bank of Canoga Park
October 2, 1961
Parade on the runway at the Van Nuys Airport, men of the 146th Air Transport Wing made the transition from guardsmen to active airmen
April 21, 1965
Leilanai Porter, a contestant in the Jaycee 'Miss Canoga Park beauty pageant, helps Andy Sterns, one of sponsors, call attention to Canoga Park's Holiday-at-Home parade
September 17, 1962
Beauty contest entrants in Canoga Park's 50th anniversary celebration
November 23, 1964
Queen Jan Sewall in Valley State College annual Homecoming parade, Northridge
January 20, 1958
Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz in annual Sunland-Tujunga March of Dimes Parade down Foothill Blvd.
February 28, 1955
Sun Valley Rotary Club motorcade marking 50th anniversary of Rotary International
September 24, 1956
Burbank Police Boys Band leads Shrine parade
June 15, 1959
Carla Schoonhoven, Queen of Chatsworth's 72nd anniversary celebration
June 22, 1959
John Glenn, president of Northridge Kiwanis Club, with queen contestants for annual Northridge Stampede parade and barbecue
November 11, 1963
Legionnaires carry flags of their units in Veterans Day parade, Studio City
February 23, 1948
'Welcome Chevrolet' parade, part of festivities marking the public opening of the Chevrolet plant in Van Nuys
June 8, 1959
Queen Sharon Farnon and her court of princesses of San Fernando's 25th annual fiesta
December 2, 1963
Children's costume parade for Peachland Avenue School's PTA Carnival
June 5, 1961
Clown John McGuire in parade for annual Fiesta de Granada, Granada Hills
June 28, 1965
Freedom Season Children's Parade on Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills
June 12, 1948
West Valley Army-Air Force parade, Van Nuys
May 8, 1961
Susan Holloway, Thousand Oaks, was one of more than 100 entries in Conejo Valley Days' Parade
Many images of the unique Bethlehem Star Parade have been recently added to the Photo Collection. The Bethlehem Star Parade was a “pageant on wheels” that traveled down Van Nuys Blvd. each Christmas season. Beginning in 1948, floats depicting the nativity were sponsored by Valley churches and civic organizations and built by volunteers in tents set up in Van Nuys. This annual tradition lasted 21 years, and thousands of people watched the 38 floats, featuring tableaus of paper mache sets, costumed characters and live animals, either in person or the television broadcast on KCOP. The parade was cancelled in the late 1960’s. According to the parade’s founder and coordinator James G. Moran, this was due to lack of finances, dwindling interest from the community, and fewer entries from churches.
Roman soldier from the float of the Van Nuys Missionary Church combs out Jesus' beard, December 5, 1953
Journey to Bethlehem float by the Van Nuys Presbyterian Church, December 7, 1953
Three Wise Men float, Van Nuys Church of the Nazarene, November 26, 1959
Manger scene - First prize in Valley Times Photo Contest, J. W. Merritt, December 24, 1956
First Baptist Church of Van Nuys float, November 26, 1959
Central Lutheran Church of Van Nuys float, photo by Jeff Goldwater, 1962
Volunteers in tent on Van Nuys and Magnolia boulevards, December 6, 1956
Kids preparing float, photo by George Brich, December 24, 1962
Holy Family, from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Van Nuys, December 2, 1963
Spectators, December 7, 1959
Roy Rogers, grand marshal, and Dale Evans, December 27, 1953
Child in the Manger float from the Congregational Church of the Chimes in Van Nuys, December 11, 1961
Board members of Bethlehem Star Parade Association pitch tent, photo by George Brich, November 21, 1960
Actor Kay Kuter makes up Valley College student, photo by George Brich, December 2, 1964
The Good Samaritan by Calvary Baptist Church, Pacoima, photo by Jeff Goldwater, 1962
Mayor Samuel Yorty, grand marshal, with Mrs. Yorty, photo by Jeff Goldwater, December 2, 1962
Volunteers from Van Nuys First Lutheran Church, photo by Bob Martin, December 4, 1964
Float by First Presbyterian Church, Encino, on Van Nuys Blvd. and Calvert St. Photo by Jeff Goldwater, 1962
Over the holidays? So are these Valleyites:
Article from December 30, 1963 partially reads, “‘It’s all over now,’ said sales manager Lou Weintraub, 26, as he strolled among some 35 idle presses at the Mission Card Co., Canoga Park. The big room echoed with his footsteps, as he explained that less than a month ago, these presses and some 100 workers bustled with activity. Now only management personnel and a skeleton crew of about 10 show up for work at the modern plant at 20235 Bahama St. This situation takes place every year at Mission – a company which deals in Christmas cards.” Photo by George Brich
In this series from January 3, 1963, shot by Gordon Dean in an Encino Broadway, the caption reads: “Exchanging shoes proves successful for North Hollywood’s Wanda Shrake with assist from Don Hamilton, Reseda. Hundreds of Valley residents spend first weeks of new year in swapping unwanted Christmas gifts.”