Service, Society and Social Change
The post-War San Fernando Valley was the quintessential American suburb. With the availability of affordable housing and jobs from the thriving aerospace, aircraft, and manufacturing industries, the Valley's population boomed. The promise of prosperity inspired new opportunities for leisure time, family life and civic engagement. Membership in social and service clubs soared. Whether people united through shared identities or shared interest in hobbies, civics or philanthropy, the prevalence of club life defined the Valley's growing community. The Valley Times newspaper, published from 1946 to 1970, documented the changes to the Valley's physical landscape through suburban development, but also revealed how social networks impacted society.
This latest entry from Photo Friends Publications accompanies the exhibit "Service, Society and Social Change: Post-War Clubs from the Valley Times Newspaper" and presents a sampling of images from the Valley Times photo archive, now held at the Los Angeles Public Library. Through the lens of the Valley Times photographers, we are presented with a unique visual history of the ways people connect to build a community.
Formed in 1990, Photo Friends is a nonprofit organization that supports the Los Angeles Public Library's Photograph Collections and promote them through programs, projects, exhibits, and books such as this one. We are an enthusiastic group of photographers, writers, historians, business people, politicians, academics, and many others - all bonded by our passion for photography, history, and Los Angeles.
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