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Historic street
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes
Photograph caption dated August 14, 1954 reads, "Historic street - San Fernando road, formerly Porter avenue, was originally named for Valley pioneer George K. Porter who farmed the northerly half of the Valley in early days. Renamed San Fernando road, it presents an entirely different view than when it was a narrow, unpaved road with space for hitching horses rather than lines marked off for parking of motor vehicles. Looking easterly toward Brand boulevard from Maclay avenue, also named for the city's founder, Sen. Charles Maclay, are seen many of the business establishments participating in the Dollar Day sale Aug. 20 and 21." Signs include Kute Kiddie's, Melody Dress Shops, Porter Hardware, De Long Jewelers, Moss, Monterey Gift Shop, Clark's Shoes, Fraternal Hall, Kress, Windsor, Porter Hotel (including Flynn's Grill), Whelan Drugs, State Hotel, Town House, Mark Jewelers, and several more, including Mills Jewelers (partially obscured), shoes, McMahan's Furniture (partially obscured), and another hotel. At the end of the street can be seen a Dodge Plymouth dealership.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Stores & shops--California--San Fernando
Commercial buildings--California--San Fernando
Streets--California--San Fernando
Automobiles--California--San Fernando
Central business districts--California--San Fernando
Pedestrians--California--San Fernando
Street lighting--California--San Fernando
Signs and signboards--California--San Fernando
San Fernando Road (San Fernando, Calif.)
Maclay Avenue (San Fernando, Calif.)
San Fernando (Calif.)
Cityscape photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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