The Strip, Las Vegas, 1950s

The Strip, Las Vegas, 1954The once-legendary Sunset Strip nightclubs of the 1930s and 40s started to lose their power once Las Vegas got going in the late 1940s. In order to draw patrons all the way across the desert, the casino owners (read: the mob) paid stars huge sums to appear at their resorts. Still, when you see this aerial photo of the Las Vegas strip from the 1950s, it’s hard to imagine how they pulled it off. Compared to how it looks now, the strip looks pretty sparse and meager if you ask me. Ah, the power of the opportunity to gamble legally…

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2 Responses to The Strip, Las Vegas, 1950s

  1. Hi – Las Vegas is my idea of hell on earth; last time I was there was circa 1954.
    Remember seeing Joe E. Lewis and Lily St. Cyr. Love, L

  2. Bruce says:

    My mother danced at the Sands Hotel in 1953 and was one of Jimmy Duranti’s girls. I have some very old vague memories of that time I was 3 to 4 years old. Shortly after we moved to North Hollywood CA.