Category Archives: San Fernando Valley

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Robert Ryan Fights for Quality Education

  Jessica and Robert Ryan, photo courtesy of Mary Mallory. Known as much for his intense, brooding performances onscreen as his passionate defense of causes off it, actor Robert Ryan cared deeply about whatever he focused his attention on. While … Continue reading

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Celebrity Politicians: Hollywood’s Honorary Mayors, Part I

Photo: Hugh Herbert, honorary mayor of Studio City, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Tomorrow is election day. Elections and politics are important to everyone, be they Joe Citizen or Joseph Kennedy. Over the … Continue reading

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April 26, 1907: Runaway Rail Cars Make Fast Trip to L.A. Train Yard

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Water is not the only thing that flows downhill, as switchmen at the downtown Southern Pacific freight yard discovered when two runaway flatcars made a 13-mile trip from the San Fernando Valley … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: N. Hollywood Playhouse Promotes Theater in San Fernando Valley

  The North Hollywood Playhouse in 1962, when “Rebel Without a Cause” was being performed, from the Los Angeles Public Library. In her memoir, actress Teri Garr wrote being in the production.   For more than 75 years, North Hollywood … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Second Universal City Celebrates Its Centennial

Universal City in the Washington Times, Feb. 10, 1915. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In an age where businesses come and go, bought up by larger competitors or going under due to bad financial decisions, finding one … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – 1938 Floods Wreak Havoc on Los Angeles Area

  Flooding in North Hollywood, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Seventy-five years ago, a deluge of rain hit Los Angeles and the surrounding area, leading to massive floods and causing millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Feb. 28, 1907: Edison Crew Cuts Down 300-Year-Old Oak to Keep Power Line Straight

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 28, 1907 Los Angeles An old and massive California live oak used to mark the division between three Spanish land grants lies in pieces on the ground because an Edison foreman … Continue reading

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The Floods

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Jan. 9-10, 1907 The worst storm in 23 years blew across Southern California with the force of a gale, dumping more than an inch of rain in Pasadena, killing an Orange County … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Motels, Then and Now

  The Carlton Motor Lodge, via Google Street View. The evolution of a community can often be acknowledged through the types of businesses along its main streets. Simple buildings from its days as an unpretentious neighborhood or small town often … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. I picked up “The Big Picture,” Melba Levick and Stanley Young’s 1988 book about Los Angeles murals, not realizing what a terribly sad book it would be. As Young notes: “Most artists … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Eaton’s Rancho

Note: This is an encore post from 2012. The area of Los Angeles now known as Studio City was mainly farm and ranch land up into the late 1920s, when investors founded the Studio City Business District and decided to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Studio City Goes to the Dogs

  Matchbook courtesy of Mary Mallory. Pets bring happiness to people’s lives, giving unconditional love and support, truly man’s best friend. From the beginning of time, pets have served an integral part of people’s lives, shown off and treated as … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s ‘Five-Finger Plan’ Aids Traffic in the 1920s-30s

  A postcard of the Cahuenga Pass showing the cross erected in 1923 in memory of Christine Witherill Stevenson, one of the prime movers in establishing the Hollywood Bowl. Listed on EBay for $6.50. Throughout the history of Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Second Universal City Celebrates Its Centennial

Universal City in the Washington Times, Feb. 10, 1915. Note: This is an encore post from 2015. In an age where businesses come and go, bought up by larger competitors or going under due to bad financial decisions, finding one … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Edward A.D. Christopher Home Witnesses History

  The Edward A.D. Christopher home, photograph by Mary Mallory. With the speed of change in technology, transportation, and society, it’s often amazing that something historic survives. The Edward A. D. Christopher home at 11015 Aqua Vista Street in Studio … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: North Hollywood Department Stores Appeal to Common Man

  Rathbuns enlarges its Baby Shop for new generation of Baby Boomers, Van Nuys News, March 8 1951. As a city or community grows more prosperous, so does its retail establishments. Simple businesses with few choices of product give way … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4418 Vineland Ave., Yesterday and Today, Part 2

4418 Vineland Ave. in an undated photo, courtesy of Mary Mallory.   Two years can bring changes in life, whether to a person or building, and not always for the better. I wrote about the history of 4418 Vineland Ave. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Two Chinese Restaurants in Studio City

A matchbook cover for Rickshaw Boy, Courtesy of Mary Mallory. Graphics, films, advertisements, music – all demonstrate values and cultures of the time and place in which they were created. Words, phrases, or images considered acceptable at that time can … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory: Hollywood Heights – Hollywood Country Club

Editor’s note:  Mary will be giving a presentation on “Studio City Before the Studio: An Afternoon of Local History” on July 30 at 3 p.m. at the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 12511 Moorpark St. This post … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: First National Studios, Now Warner Bros., Turns 90

  An aerial view of First National Studios in Burbank, Motion Picture News, 1926.   First National Studios, now known as Warner Bros. Studios, celebrates its 90th birthday on June 15, 2016. Basic construction was completed on the original studio … Continue reading

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