I’m helping Grandma Snail move into a new shell, and while packing, I unearthed these delightful midcentury American postcards.
Grandma Snail also saved these time-piece matchbooks:
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.
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.
California 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.
A young Uncle Snail attempted to write home about the exotic sausage tree.
Wish you were here? Me too.