Viva Las Vegas

This stunning plate was produced by Bradley Exclusives of Japan. Japanese pottery imports had a dramatic impact on the US in the years following WWII.  There were many imports from Japan coming in from small pottery shops, like Bradley.

The great thing about this plate is that it immortalized Las Vegas the way it was back in “the day”. The hotels and casinos depicted on the plate, in stunning color I might add, are legendary. Some, like The Riviera, The Sahara, The Tropicana and The Flamingo are still busily separating folks from their money along the famous Las Vegas Strip. Others, sadly, didn’t fare so well.

The Dunes

Originally built in 1955, The Dunes had a rather humble beginning at the southernmost part of The Strip, but was easily recognizable by the 35 foot tall fiberglass sultan towering over the main entrance. In 1993, The Dunes was destroyed during a massive implosion ceremony that included fireworks, cannons and over 200,000 spectators. The Bellagio now stands on the old site.

Desert Inn

Originally known as Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, this venue featured nearly every major star of the last 50 years. Its famous Crystal Ballroom hosted stars too numerous to mention here, including Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cher and Tina Turner. In 2001, the main tower of the Desert Inn was demolished and the property was reborn as Wynn Las Vegas, a megaresort and casino.

The Stardust

The Stardust opened its doors in 1958 and may have been best known for the magnificent sign that graced its exterior. The Stardust sign became a sort of unofficial emblem for Las Vegas, with its 16-foot diameter model of the Earth surrounded by neon star bursts and 3 dimensional acrylic planets in what can only be described as a panoramic view of the Solar System. The Stardust enjoyed a long, star-studded history but was demolished in 2007.

The Sands

When you think of the The Sands, you have to think of the Rat Pack. Opened in 1952, The Sands was considered “the cool” place to be in Las Vegas. Its most famous claim to fame was in 1960 when, during the filming of Ocean’s Eleven, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford performed on stage together for the first time. They would forever be known after that as the Rat Pack. Despite its hip history, the hotel was demolished in 1996 and The Venetian was built in its place.

My Las Vegas plate is one of my favorites mostly because there’s a huge amount of brightly colored kitsch contained in a very small area and I like that in a plate.

What? No noms?

My neighbor’s cat is unimpressed with the empty plate lying on my lawn.

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