Santa Monica Blvd at dusk, Los Angeles, 1938

The Sunset Strip at dusk, Los Angeles, 1938This spectacular shot from Life magazine shows us Santa Monica Blvd at dusk some time in 1938…which is probably the destination I’d set for my time machine. We could start with drinks at the Garden of Allah, dinner at the Trocadero, a nightcap at Café Gala, and then see where the night takes us. Just as long we have breakfast at Schwab’s, I’ll be happy.

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6 Responses to Santa Monica Blvd at dusk, Los Angeles, 1938

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Martin, if you could please set your time machine back just a couple more years – I’ll meet you there! How ’bout Musso and Frank’s for dessert after dinner at the Troc? And yes, breakfast at Schwabs for sure! I know just how I like my eggs!

    Oh, and can we squeeze in the Cocoanut Grove for a whirl around the dance floor and another night-cap?

    Take care, my friend.

    Jean

  2. David R. Ginsburg says:

    Martin, that is not the Sunset Strip. It’s a view from the Hollywood Hills above Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood at dusk, photographed by Alfred Eisenstadt (1938). The large building at center left is plainly Bekins Van & Storage at the northeast corner of Santa Monica and Olive (and Bekins had no building on the Sunset Strip). It’s now Emser Tile, located at 8431 Santa Monica Boulevard. The large, well-lit street heading diagonally to the upper left is La Cienega. The large residence on Olive visible in the image just above the LIFE logo is also still there. I can send persuasive present-day images if you like. Cheers!

    • DENIEL EDWARDS says:

      DAVID MAKES SENSE TO ME TOO….WOW STILL A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE…….CHEERS DENIEL

    • David, thanks for clarifying that. The info on the photo came from what I’ve always considered a reliable source, so I didn’t even think to question in…even though I must admit, I did wonder about that large building, which didn’t seem to fit my view of the 1930s Strip. So your input is much appreciated!

  3. DENIEL EDWARDS says:

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE ABOUT WHERE THAT IS ON THE SUNSET STRIP….AND WHAT IS THE BUILDING THERE ?????/ THANKS DENIEL. 8-28-16.

    • David R. Ginsburg says:

      It isn’t the Sunset Strip. It’s Santa Monica Boulevard east of La Cienega in West Hollywood.