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'How fast it grew': Old photos of Valley's birth and boom

'How fast it grew': Old photos of Valley's birth and boom

It's 1957, and a line of kids — the boys on bikes, the girls in bobby socks and saddle shoes — stretches around a newly opened North Hollywood Dairy Queen. It's 1964, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Berry of Van Nuys celebrate their 50th anniversary. She wears a corsage, he a boutonniere, as their hands clasp a knife over a cake just as they might have done half a century before. It's 1965, and "Mr. Arthur" curls the hair of a doe-eyed actress in the back seat of a Rolls-Royce mobile salon, the rollers as big as highball glasses. These were the moments captured by photographers from the Valley Times, a mid-century newspaper that in small-town style...

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