The Select bar terrace on the Champs-Élysées – 1938


“Le Select” outdoor cafe on the Champs-Élysées –
Press photo, 1938

In the late 30’s, parisians of all ages enjoy a drink on the terrace of “Le Select – American Bar”, with tables spreading far over the Champs-Élysées sidewalk. This is situated in the 8th arrondissement, just before the intersection with Berri street. And we can also see “Le Berry”, an other appreciated place, at the corner behind.

The picture was taken in september 1938, while some recent events pushed Europe a little closer to the pending war . But as the former caption tells it : the traditionally gay Paris remained gay, with citizens pursuing their ordinary pleasures.  The photo has been used for an other contrasting publication in june 1940, hence this date is stamped on the back, while the city wears a different aspect, practically deserted by civilians as the nazi hordes press closer and closer…

Photo by ACME Newspictures agency –
Original print, 1938

Condition :
Very good
Fountain pen note inside the lower margin. Lower and right margin slightly creased by the caption glue.

Dimensions :
18 x 23 cm

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