Saturday, December 9, 2017

E-252: Box Turtle



Random Vegas
The Las Vegas Club was originally located on the other side of the st, in between the Northern Club and La Bayou.  In 1949, it moved across the street and took over the Overland Hotel eventually expanding to the corner for Fremont and Main (multiple sources)

Twitpic of the week



It's the kind of picture that makes you stop and look closer the moment you see it; bold moments in Vegas not-so-long-ago history.  MGM Grand's original entrance, on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana, was a giant golden lion meant to serve not only as the properties marquee but as a cubist representation of the studios mascot.  Captured here by @LasVegas_Lovers under construction, perhaps it's with the benefit of hind sight that one can't help but look at this picture and ask "what were they thinking?"  "How did they not know walking under a lion would put off Asian gamblers?"  Once you remember the entire project was meant to attract families to the property, the concept comes into focus.  It also reminds us that once there was a world where you couldn't simply Google "Asian Gambling Superstitions" and find all the reasons why this marquee would only exist for 3 years.  Regardless, fortune favors the bold and photography documents it for all to relive and learn from.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

E-251: Pressed Juices



Random Vegas 

Originally the circus acts at Circus Circus performed right over the gaming pits.  They were later restricted to a specific area of the resort because they distracted and annoyed serious gamblers, and not just that one time when people actually fell into the pit.


Twitpic of the week 


Black and White photography has a timeless quality to it.  It can take virtually any setting and make it striking, even somewhat iconic.  Unique to its medium, it has the ability to quiet the visual noise color can bring to a photograph and instead draw focus to the spirit of the moment.  Unique to Las Vegasit doesn't do any of that. Black and White seems take the enormity of Vegas and its exterior majesty of lights and reduce it to a monochromatic view that, while still beautiful, could almost be mistaken for any bustling city in American in the 50s, almost.  No place is this better showcased than on Fremont St and in this week's Twitpic of the week, shared by @TonyIllia.  It's color, and the vast arrays of it, that intentionally overwhelm the senses and make Vegas an experience like no other.  One of the few places in the world where you are reminded just how small and insignificant a single person is in the great scheme of all things while simultaneously giving you the feeling that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself.  While your contribution to the collective whole may be little more than a pebble tossed into a lake, Vegas is the place you get to enjoy your ripple effect, regardless of how short its existence is. 

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