On Saturday, September 7th at 6pm I will be giving a rollicking slide talk of historical highlights and sign books at Soap Plant – Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. “Greetings from Las Vegas” features over 300 vintage photographs and postcards that tell the story of the fabulous desert oasis from its birth in 1905 to the swinging ‘60s and beyond.
Humorous and informative, the book visually celebrates Las Vegas’ evolution from a dusty railroad town to the world’s entertainment capital. What makes this book different from others is the sheer number of images – over 300 – many of which have never been seen before, and the numerous vintage Kodachrome slides of ordinary people enjoying Las Vegas.
Fremont St. 1943
Fremont St. 1965
Flo, Frank and Betty counting their loot. Dunes 1961
SPECIAL BONUS: LAS VEGAS 99¢ SHRIMP COCKTAIL
Following the slide talk, enjoy samples of Las Vegas’ Original 99¢ Shrimp Cocktail made famous at Fremont Street’s Golden Gate Casino first offered in 1959.
About Peter Moruzzi
Author and historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture.
Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. He is the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," "Classic Dining:Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants," "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground," and "Greetings from Los Angeles." His latest pictorial history, "Greetings from Las Vegas" will be available in September, 2019.
Is Flo Frank and Betty your parents?
Only Flo and Frank. Nah, just kidding. Dunno who they are. eBay find.