Snail's Postcard Post

Grandma Snail’s Stash

I’m helping Grandma Snail move into a new shell, and while packing, I unearthed these delightful midcentury American postcards. 

IMG_4688

IMG_4691

IMG_4693

IMG_4694

Grandma Snail also saved these time-piece matchbooks:

IMG_4699

IMG_4701

IMG_4702

Opened in 1941, El Rancho Vegas was a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward married there in 1958.  Stripper Candy Barr was headlining at El Rancho Vegas in 1959 when she was arrested by the FBI after her appeal on a marijuana conviction. The following year, 1960, Betty Grable was performing a late night show when the hotel caught fire. It was never rebuilt. 

IMG_4704

IMG_4706

IMG_4708

Founded by mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946, the still-running Flamingo was the filming location of the original Ocean’s Eleven. And Hunter S. Thompson’s inspiration for the lurid hotel room scenes in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas came from his stay at The Flamingo.

IMG_4709

IMG_4710Cornelia White’s kitchen gone 1959… Cornelia B. White was a pioneer of the Palm Springs area. She built her home near a short-lived railroad line, using the old ties as  the sole building material!

IMG_4712

IMG_4713California governors and their families lived here from 1903 till 1967. Originally, it was the home of a local hardware merchant. It continues to be occupied by a 1902 Steinway piano, and Persian rugs brought in by Earl Warren’s wife. 

IMG_4714

IMG_4715

IMG_4716

IMG_4717

IMG_4718

IMG_4719

IMG_4720

IMG_4721

IMG_4722

IMG_4723

IMG_4724

IMG_4725

IMG_4726

IMG_4727

IMG_4728

IMG_4729

IMG_4731

IMG_4732

IMG_4733

IMG_4734

IMG_4737

A young Uncle Snail attempted to write home about the exotic sausage tree.

IMG_4739

IMG_4742

IMG_4743

IMG_4744

IMG_4745

IMG_4747

IMG_4748

IMG_4750

IMG_4751

IMG_4752

IMG_4753

IMG_4755

Wish you were here? Me too.

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements
This entry was published on January 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm. It’s filed under Americana, This Just In!, U.S.A. and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Grandma Snail’s Stash

  1. Pingback: Letters Home « Snail's Postcard Post

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: