Classic Las Vegas
The skyline and culture of Las Vegas has certainly changed over the last fifty years. Gone is the "Golden Age" of Las Vegas where sharply dressed tourist rubbed elbows with colorful mobster casino owners and might have run into "The Rat Pack" in a lounge after the last show. Now the faceless corporations have taken over and the come as you are public is kept at arms length from the latest hip celebrities by velvet ropes, and security guards, at the hottest exclusive night clubs.
Although many of the classic casinos have passed into history and the Las Vegas Strip bears little resemblance to this vintage postcard from 1958 the memories of those days live on in the memories of those who experienced them and collections of the collectors of Vintage Las Vegas casino memorabilia. It is never too late to start a collection or to find that one elusive item to make a collection complete.
The Stardust Hotel and Casino opened in 1958. When it opened it was the largest casino in Nevada and had the largest swimming pool in Nevada. Famed strip performers Siegfried and Roy made their first Las Vegas performances in the Stardust and Wayne Newton (Mr. Las Vegas) also performed at the Stardust for ten years.
The Stardust officially closed in 2006 and was demolished in 2007. Malaysian based Genting Gaming bought the property in 2013 and is building Resorts World on the site, it is scheduled to open in 2018
The Stardust is often considered one of the "classic" Las Vegas Casinos and memorabilia from this long gone casino make the perfect starting point for a collection.
Flamingo Hotel & Casino
"The House that Bugsy Built" could not look more different than the original casino built in 1947. One can only imagine what Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel would say if he walked into the Flamingo Hotel and Casino today.
The Flamingo Hotel & Casino is one of the few that have withstood the test of time. Memorabilia from this casino spans the decades from the time to Bugsy Siegel to today.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino
The El Cortez Hotel and Casino opened in 1941 and looks almost untouched the the passage of time. With the exception of a new hotel tower and parking structure the exterior of the original structure is almost the same as it was in 1941.
This casino, a staple of Downtown Las Vegas, is the ideal for any collection focusing on off Strip Casinos.