Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hotel Thunderbird Swimming Pool, Las Vegas, Nevada

This second view of the Thunderbird is from the private side of the hotel, where you can see guests swimming, tanning and lounging around the pool behind the main building.

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

The description states:

The swimming pool and center patio of the famous Hotel Thunderbird in las Vegas, Nevada, one of the many fine resort hotels that attract a large number of vacationists and travelers each year.

–It is interesting to note there are no visible indications of either drinks or ashtrays, which would have been present in abundance around a pool in this era. The hotel was upgraded over time and ultimately demolished and replaced with another hotel resort that went bankrupt before completion.

This card, like the others in this series, dates from the 1950s.

Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

This card image shows the parking lot and flamboyant decoration of the Thunderbird Hotel as it was shortly after its construction. It was another of the early Strip hotel/casinos, and like the others had a very active existence, being remodeled, expanded, renamed and ultimately abandoned and imploded to make way for the Fontainebleau, currently in bankruptcy.

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

The description states:

One of the luxury resort hotels that had made Las Vegas, Nevada, the hub of the scenic Southwest for the vacationeer, tourist and casual traveller.

–This description uses the older term vacationeer rather than vacationer, and politely leaves out the gambler as one of the groups frequenting the city. The cars shown in the lot clearly date this image to the 1950s.

Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn at Night, Las Vegas, Nevada

Another image of the Desert Inn, this time from the pool side on the other side of the main building from the parking lot shown before.

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

Desert Souvenir Supply, Boulder City, Nevada

The description states:

WILBUR CLARK’S DESERT INN

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

An evening view across the quiet waters of the Swimming Pool looking toward the glees-enclosed Skyroom Cocktail Lounge, the Painted Desert Room Supper Club, ‘Round the Clock Casino and Lady Luck Bar.

–The Skyroom is easy to identify, being elevated above the rest of the building, much like an airport control tower. The rest of the rooms named are not distinctive enough in this rendition, but the presence of tables to the left strongly suggests this is the location of the Supper Club and the right side windows are the Casino.

This card like the others in this series, dates from the 1950s