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Cover of the book "One Acre and Independence" by the Charles Weeks System, circa 1927. Charles Weeks' face is superimposed on to the figure holding eggs baskets walking aside a chicken coop. In 1920, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce requested that Weeks come to the San Fernando Valley to establish a series of one-acre egg farms. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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