Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Vintage Las Vegas; Memories, Post Cards, Tokens, Video and One Cool Web Site
As a aficionado of neon signs Las Vegas is like going to Mecca and it's a pilgrimage I've made a three times. Along the way I've accumulated a number of trinkets photos, post cards and a few gambling tokens. In my ongoing efforts to downsize my stuff I started putting some of my Vegas stuff up oneBay.
Today I am sharing a few of the items along with some memories and some odds and ends. First up is this Polaroid photo I call “Full Moon On Fremont St.” because there high over the Fremont unexperience and it's blazing neon you can see yellow orb in all it's glory. It was taken on my wedding night. My wife and I were married at midnight on Valentines Day in Las Vegas. Originally I wanted to be married by an Elvis impersonator which never happened but we did do the deed at the Silver Bells chapel. To put the icing on the cake that night we were watching Crime Story before the ceremony and got to see fellow Chicagoan Dennis Farina slap some hood around in the parking lot of the Bells.
Talk about a double omen well it lasted for nineteen years and produced two great kids but as that classic song “Wedding Vows In Vegas” sung by Frank Sinatra Jr goes they don't last forever.
Both the Boulder & Vegas Clubs can be seen in this short color film of Fremont St. from 1939. Which has got to be the oldest color footage out there.
This clip was in a post I did last year that also had some cool vintage footage from Reno. If you'd like to check that out click here.
Finally in my research into old Vegas I came across an extremly cool web site that is chock full of outstanding photos & video of vintage Las Vegas called In OldVegas.com it's well worth a look.!
That's all for now oops I almost forgot the gallery of Vegas photos I've taken in my various trips to the promised land check them out here on the MindsiMedia web portal. Do it now!