“Modern Jackpot: Vintage Vegas Signs by Marilyn Davenport”

A Texas photographer captures a bit of Casino-ville’s history

Las Vegas in the 1950s was an explosion of style, glamour and excitement. Everything was bigger, bolder and better — including the neon signs that adorned the casinos and hotels. Those days are gone, but happily, some of the signs remain in the Neon Museum on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Texan Marilyn Davenport found the museum (it includes a large, fenced boneyard), and talked her way into a photo shoot on the site. The result is “Modern Jackpot: Vintage Vegas Signs by Marilyn Davenport” now on exhibit at the Museum of Printing History. The exhibit opens June 30, with an official opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through September 13. 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-522-4652 or visit www.printingmuseum.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: July 1. Continues through Sept. 13, 2008
 
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