Going, Going, Gone, the Motels of Las Vegas 2018 update

This is the first of a series of articles on motels of Nevada.    As motels in Nevada’s major metropolitan areas are being paved over, the important role they played in the development of the state’s hospitality industry is also being lot.

While still alive and well in places like Boulder City, and communities along Interstate 80, and smaller tourist destinations in Nevada, the fight for survival is a daily battle.

The focus of this article is a short overview on the status of motels in Las Vegas.

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“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

     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 several dozen images, several were selected and printed in March, 1906.  Days after the first printing was finished and shipped to Nevada, the April, 1906 earthquake destroyed much of San Francisco including the offices and printing plan of E.H. Mitchell.   All of the photographs and negatives of Nevada were lost.

    Now,  new information has been uncovered revealing which images of Nevada were printed as post cards in the days before the earthquake.   This article details the story and the images that were preserved.   Continue reading “Historic Images of Nevada Destroyed in 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found”