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.

Rain in Los Angeles, 1952 edition. Here’s Ventura Blvd. at Woodman in Sherman Oaks.
Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Rain in Los Angeles, 1952 edition. Here’s Ventura Blvd. at Woodman in Sherman Oaks.

Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A rainy day in Los Angeles, 1952. 
A Los Angeles Examiner photographer captured this scene in Sherman Oaks, at the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Woodman Ave. Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A rainy day in Los Angeles, 1952. 

A Los Angeles Examiner photographer captured this scene in Sherman Oaks, at the intersection of Ventura Blvd. and Woodman Ave. Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Students at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks prepare to watch the blast from a nuclear weapons test on this day in 1952.

Students at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks prepare to watch the blast from a nuclear weapons test on this day in 1952.