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Burbank Public Photos Collection

Photos donated to the collection by Burbank residents and others.


1870s - Dr. David Burbank's Ranch House
Dr. David Burbank's Ranch house was built in 1867. It stood on the rear lot of what later became Warner Brothers Studio. This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1870s - San Fernando Mission
San Fernando Mission, late 1870s. This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1870s - San Fernando Mission
San Fernando Mission, late 1870s. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First National Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1870s - San Fernando Mission
Negative envelope is marked "San Fernando Mission." This image came from a collection of images donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1873 - First Known Photograph of San Fernando Valley
First known photograph of the San Fernando Valley taken in 1873. The picture was probably taken from a hill behind the mission which is the large building in the center of the image. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First National Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - Dr. David Burbank
The city of Burbank was named after Dr. David Burbank who was an early pioneer in the city. This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - A local rancho's herd of cattle
Cattle on a farm in the 1880s. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First Nationl Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - First Public School in San Fernando Valley
The first public school in San Fernando Valley was located where the Van Norman Reservoir stands today. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First National Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - Local ranchers cultivating the land
Back of image reads "Plowing - Early 1880s, Al Redden - foreman on horseback along Ventura Blvd." Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First Nationl Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - Looking north on Olive Avenue
Olive street looking north near what today would be near the corner of Olive Avenue and First Street. Dr. Burbank and his son built the building in the middle left, the Burbank Villa. The nearest building on the left housed "The Times," a small weekly paper that had its first publication in November 1887. The building closest to the mountains on the left was Burbank's first brick building and was constructed on the northeast corner of Olive Avenue and San Fernando Road. The building visible in the back right is the Providencia Methodist Episcopal Church that was dedicated in 1884. Photo was taken in late 1880s. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First National Bank." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1880s - Rancho San Rafael
This image reads "Rancho San Rafael extended east as far as Highland and Garvanza. Here is that neighborhood as it appeared when Burbank was founded." This image came from a collection of negatives donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."
1886 - Harvesting Pumpkins
Harvesting pumpkins in San Fernando Valley in 1886. Back of photo is stamped "This photograph is furnished on condition that whenever it is used credit will be given to Historical Collections: Security First National Bank." This image came from a collection of images donated by the Delores Palmer Estate. She was a BUSD employee for many years and authored the book "A History of Burbank."

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