1961 aerial view of Ventura Boulevard and the Los Angeles River in Sherman Oaks. Part of the Dick Whittington Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1961 aerial view of Ventura Boulevard and the Los Angeles River in Sherman Oaks. Part of the Dick Whittington Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Map of Santa Monica and vicinity as it appeared in 1891.Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Map of Santa Monica and vicinity as it appeared in 1891.Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 hillside view of a sparsely developed San Fernando Valley, showing Van Nuys and North Hollywood. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1939 hillside view of a sparsely developed San Fernando Valley, showing Van Nuys and North Hollywood. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

The Los Angeles Aqueduct opened 100 years ago today on Nov. 5, 1913. Here’s a panoramic view of the opening ceremony in the San Fernando Valley.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library

The Los Angeles Aqueduct opened 100 years ago today on Nov. 5, 1913. Here’s a panoramic view of the opening ceremony in the San Fernando Valley.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library

Universal Studios in 1939, long before the production facility shared Universal City with a public studio tour and theme park.
Zoom in on this photo, part of our Dick Whittington Photography Collection, in the USC Digital Library.

Universal Studios in 1939, long before the production facility shared Universal City with a public studio tour and theme park.

Zoom in on this photo, part of our Dick Whittington Photography Collection, in the USC Digital Library.