Fabulous Las Vegas in the 50s: Glitz, Glamour and Games

Fabulous Las Vegas in the 50s: Glitz, Glamour and Games

by Fred E. Basten, Charles Phoenix
     
 

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Fabulous Las Vegas in the 50s -- a treasury of retro Las Vegas, of pre-Rat Pack days, when Liberace's candles flamed, Elvis was a flop and the town was just beginning to earn its reputation as the capital of real-life make-believe. Filled with glamorous visuals that give authentic meaning to the word "kitsch," this must-have collectors' book shows Las Vegas as it was

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Fabulous Las Vegas in the 50s -- a treasury of retro Las Vegas, of pre-Rat Pack days, when Liberace's candles flamed, Elvis was a flop and the town was just beginning to earn its reputation as the capital of real-life make-believe. Filled with glamorous visuals that give authentic meaning to the word "kitsch," this must-have collectors' book shows Las Vegas as it was -- the town where celebrities, everyday folk, and glamour mixed with glitz, games and sex appeal. See and read about the early days of Sinatra on the Strip, Judy Garland introducing her eleven-year-old daughter Liza to the stage and Ronald Reagan making his Sin City debut performing with a troupe of chimps. In these pages readers visit the original Tropicana hotel, the Sahara, the Sands, the Dunes and the Flamingo, as well as many spots that existed only in the earliest days of the town. Topless showgirls, midnight-til-dawn lounge acts and the greatest recording stars of the day were all standard fare -- and the memorabilia collected by authors Fred Basten and Charles Phoenix brings them all back, bigger than life. Dozens of rare photographs show Crosby and Hope teeing off at the Tournament of Champions, America's most famous couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddic Fisher cooing (before Liz Taylor came between them) and Milton Berle hamming it up at his birthday party. Plus, read the personal account of "The First Lady of Las Vegas" Keely Smith, whose foreword recalls her earliest days in town. Anyone who loves Vegas will love Fabulous Las Vegas in the 50s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883318376
Publisher:
Angel City Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.41(d)

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