“L. Levitch”  1909 Reno Photographer or 1913 Reno Palm Reader?

In 1909 a “L. Levitch” photographed and published a series of post cards of gambling in Reno, including the night, September 30, 1910, gambling became illegal in Nevada.  Was Levitch a photogrpaher or a palm reader, or both?

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Leon and Nell Oakes  – Las Vegas Photographers 1920s-1940s Part One

In 1921, the husband and wife team of photographers, Leon and Nell Oakes arrived in Las Vegas.   For nearly a quarter century the Oakes name would be connected to photography in southern Nevada.

This is part one of a series of articles on their live and their photographs, which include more than monthly updates of the construction of Hoover Dam.

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Historic Images of Nevada Destroyed in 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found

    (Updated January 7, 2020)

A series of photographs of Nevada in 1905, from Goldfield, to Tonopah, to Carson City,  Virginia City, and Reno were sent to San Francisco in January of 1906 to be turned into post cards.

    Out of the several dozen images brought in from Nevada, several were selected and printed in March, 1906.

    Days after the post cards were printed and shipped to Nevada, the April, 1906 earthquake destroyed much of San Francisco.

   Among the destruction, the printing plant of Edward H. Mitchell.   Along with his offices  and files, all of the photographs and negatives of Nevada were lost.

    Now,  new information has been uncovered revealing which images of Nevada were printed the days before the earthquake.

    This article includes the information as to which images were saved and which were lost.   Continue reading “Historic Images of Nevada Destroyed in 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found”