The Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas early 1950's in color.

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Bugsy Siegel's home casino which he came to in 1945. It opened with the star power of Clark Gable, Sinatra, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Jimmy Durante, Cesar Romero and others.
    Construction costs climbed as Siegel flew in carpenters and other workers, paying them as much as $50 a day. He ordered expensive changes, including rebuilding the boiler room and kitchen, and separate sewer systems for each bathroom of the now ninety-three-room hotel. He bought wood, pipes, and other fixtures on the black market at high prices. His modifications resulted in cost overruns totaling more than $1 million. Siegel sold a million dollars worth of stock in his company to Lansky, Wilkerson, and other partners. At times, he was the unwitting victim of profiteers in the black market goods, who would deliver the hotel's building supplies, then steal them and resell them to Siegel the next day.

    The Flamingo finally opened, with 105 rooms, on December 26, 1946. Well-known singer and comedian Jimmy Durante headlined the entertainment, with some of Siegel's Hollywood friends, including actors George Raft, George Sanders, Sonny Tufts, and George Jessel in attendance. Las Vegas had never seen such opulence before. The Flamingo featured a trapshooting range, nine-hole golf course, tennis, squash, badminton, and handball courts, as well as extensive landscaping with imported Oriental date palm and Spanish cork trees. Members of Siegel's staff wore tuxedoes. Siegel preferred to attract wealthy clients who dressed with "class" in formal attire while in the casino.

    Initially failing at the venture and producing no revenue for the mob backing, Siegel reset the hotel and finished renovations and turned his Vegas hotel/casino around and showed a quarter million profit and showed the east cost mobsters that Vegas was a gold mine.

    The start of Vegas...

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    Bugsy Siegel in blue. The man who started it all in Vegas.

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    Flamingo's entrance at day and at night.
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    The main lobby

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    Upstairs rotunda and room entrance.

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    The casino slots and table games.

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    Lounge area.

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    The Flamingo Courtyard and pool 1950

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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Bugsy Siegel artifacts...

    Bugsy Siegel's gun and scarf

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    Siegel's wristwatch

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    Siegel's cufflinks and rings.

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  4. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Bugsy Siegel's death....

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    Wow. He was shot in the eyes. Someone in the morgue brushed his hair before that second picture was taken. What's really crazy is how big the Flamingo was. There was nothing else around in that picture.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Yeah, before Vegas was Vegas. Siegel would be amazed to see what it looks like now.
     
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    I love that era and decor!
    Wish I could go back in time for a day and visit.
    Have you ever been to Wildwood NJ, LT?
    Up until a few years ago, all the motels were all built in this vein. A few remain- they're very kitchsy!
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    What I always find interesting about that era is how simple things were compared to today. It would be "fancy" to stay at a place like that. Today that'd be sniffed at by even the most modest traveler. Go find pics of homes of the rich and famous back then and generally they were far more modest than some mid-level corporate weenie lives in today. Secretaries and warehouse workers go to Disney World and stay at fancier places than they could have dreamed of back then.

    You also saw most people on the streets looking pretty darn civilized and well dressed.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Never been to Wildwood, Pooh.
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    James Dean's part-time pad in NY the last two years of his life. His bathroom was down the hall and shared with the other tenants on the floor.

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    Bing Crosby's ranch home.

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    Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs home. No slouch, but 3 bedrooms plus a guest room.
     
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    I'm sure you know the story of Sinatra building on to accommodate Kennedy only to find out he was staying with Bing.....
     
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    Crazy how far vegas has come along in the last 60-70 yrs. Highly recommend watching the movie bugsy.
     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    the town will never be the same
    after the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over
    today it looks like DisneyLand
    and while the kids play cardboard pirates,
    the parents drop the house payment and junior's college money
    on the poker slots

    in the old days, dealers knew ya name, what ya drank, what ya played
    todays its like checking into an airport,
    and if you order room service?
    you're lucky if you get it by thursday

    after the Teamsters got knocked outta the box,
    they tore down practically every one of the old casinos
    and where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids?
    junk bonds...
     
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    smichal A1 Dick Game

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    I love those old style homes. You see a lot of 'em in Columbo, Quincy, etc.
     
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    The mob knew how to run a casino. Now it's all run by big corporations. OK I guess, but not the same.
     
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    THIS, they turned it into weirdly, both a family destination, and the place for people to go get laid without their spouses knowing.
     
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    Quite the dapper one, that Bugsy....
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    :secret:



    :D
     
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    They found his eyeball across the room. Gruesome.
     
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    How does a nothing like Howard Stern have 3 fifty million dollar plus homes and Frank Sinatra world wide superstar entertainer have a fucken ranch house?
     
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