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Old 04-18-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've always been fascinated with the culture, history, entertainment and images of the old time Las Vegas Strip & Casinos. Does anyone have any pictures/stories that they could post of the beginning days of The Strip and Downtown? Traffic, Hotels, Marquees, Pool Scenes, etc... Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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good idea.
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Old 04-18-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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You can find some interesting history of Las Vegas here: Hawley's History
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Old 04-18-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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Some good Elvis pictures would be cool.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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Images_from_History | Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Ponderay, Idaho
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The Las Vegas News Bureau, a section of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has captured Las Vegas in photos since early times. They are a part of the authority's Public Relations Department. They would probably allow an interested party to go through their archives.

Classic Las Vegas, a historical preservation group, has a collection which can be viewed in part at:

Las Vegas News Bureau Opens the*Vaults! - Classic Las Vegas History Blog - Blog

You can also find an assortment of historic photos at the site of the Las Vegas Centennial Media Center at:

Las Vegas Centennial 1905-2005: Media Center

Finally, the Lied Library at UNLV also has a collection of historic photos from the Las Vegas News Bureau.

That ought to keep you busy.


pimit2 (Bob)
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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just goes to show you...the future of Las Vegas is in its past.
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I've been to several of the programs put on by the Friends Of Classic Las Vegas at the Nevada State Museum at Twin Lakes/Lorenzi Park. Heard some interesting talks by well known old timers about the good old days.

My wife and I had a surprise the other night. I think it was the History Channel that ran a documentary about the mob influence in Las Vegas. They used a lot of news footage but didn't show the reporters asking the questions. Towards the end they showed Moe Dalitz being interviewed. The reporter asked him something about the mob, and he got PO'd and said he thought they had agreed not to bring that stuff up. We recognized the voice of the reporter...it was my wife's, and she suddenly remembered when it took place. I told her she was lucky he didn't have her whacked.
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