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Sunset Strip Photos

Sunset Strip Photos

The question of the geographic boundaries of Hollywood is been the subject of debate ever since the small community was annexed to Los Angeles in 1910. As mentioned earlier, the corporate limits of the city of Hollywood extended from Center Street (now Normandie Ave.)  on the east 2 Crescent Ave. (now Fairfax Ave.) on the west, and from the top of the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, to Beverly Boulevard on the south.

Sunset Blvd. photo

After annexation in 1910, Hollywood retained its identity as a district, with essentially the same boundaries as before. However, as Hollywood began to grow and gain in  the east and west boundaries were unofficially extended to Vermont Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard respectively.

Sunset Strip Boundaries

In 1937, for some unexplained reason, the Los Angeles city Council passed ordinance number 78499 which officially established Hollywood's geographic boundaries as: Doheny Drive on the west, the top of the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, the Los Angeles River on the east, and Melrose Avenue on the south. This awareness was very generous, however, the Los Angeles River is quite a bit further east of Vermont Avenue, which is, in reality considered, by most, to the easterly by most to be the easterly boundary. Doheny Ave. is definitely will west the westerly boundary. Fairfax Avenue is considered, while most everyone, to be Hollywood’s westerly boundary.

In the 1930’s, the nation saw the repeal of ProhibitionAnd a rise in the number of nightclubs. By 1935, the country was beginning to recover from the Great Depression and the public was flocking to both the movies and nightclubs to forget its worries. Hollywood was certainly no exception. Aside from a phenomenal increase in number, some of Hollywood's nightclubs were considered by many to be the finest in the world. Several of the same nightclubs were located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. More popularly known as the “Sunset Strip”, this area Sunset Boulevard was in the Los Angeles County territory. However because of its proximity to the entertainment capital of the world, the Sunset strip was always considered and referred to as a part of Hollywood.

Sunset Blvd. photo

As mentioned earlier, this area of West Hollywood had been primarily farmland until the midteens. In the early 1920s, the first commercial structures were built on the strip, which was still a 2 Lane Dirt Rd. Later, it was widened, paved and strewn with flower petals from a low-flying plane and its dedication ceremony. At one point, a bridle path graced its westernmost founders.

Hollywood Celebrities

In the 1930s, the strip became the playground of Hollywood's stars. Stutz Bearcats and Duesenberg's screwed up and down its length. Nationally syndicated columnists scribbled endless copy of the doings of the celebrities. The focal points of activity where the famous nightclubs, where food, dancing and entertainment were the finest to be found. The best-known of these were the Mocambo, Cafe Trocadero, Ciro’s and La Rue’s

Photo of Sunset Blvd.

Hollywood Photos Website

The largest collection of Sunset Strip and Sunset Boulevard photos is on the website. These are some of the rarest photographs that can be found.

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