Here’s a photo from the first televised Helldorado parade, May 18, 1958, courtesy of Frank Valeri
Got old Helldorado photos (of the parade, rodeo, Whiskerino, etc.) for which you own the rights, or know someone who does? Las Vegas Historical Society is working with the Elks to put together a photo display next month for Helldorado Days. Entries will be entered into a photo contest with yet-to-be-determined prizes. http://lasvegashistoricalsociety.org/submit-photos
Street performers have battled the city for years for their right to showcase their talents, or at least their look. The real KISS has embraced our town with frequent performances and owns KISS Monster Mini Golf on the South Strip. Photo courtesy of Mathias Hielscher
Jayne Mansfield was not shy when it came to photo ops in Las Vegas, gratefully. Here she shops! Appearing in Playboy and becoming a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957, she went on to have a nightclub/strip tease act at Tropicana Hotel with her husband (and previous Mr. Universe contest winner) Mickey Hargitay. Courtesy of SparkleJamesSparkle @ Tumblr.
Mickey Rooney ties the knot on September 10, 1966 to Marge Lane in Las Vegas. His son Tim, is also present. Courtesy of Bo Boisvert.
Jimmy Hoffa and his party at the opening of Caesar’s Palace in 1966. Caesars founder Jay Sarno relied heavily on Hoffa’s Teamsters’ pension fund to make it happen. Courtesy of UNLV Special Collections.
Shirley MacLaine and Dean Martin on the sound stage filming Ocean’s 11 at Sahara Hotel. Courtesy of Frank Valeri