When I heard that the 2014 Blog Paws conference was in Las Vegas I started to make a list of all the places I wanted to go to take photographs and experience, and one place that was at the top of my list was the Neon Museum since it was so close to where I was staying in the Downtown area. The Museum is a curated collection of the original, vintage neon signs that once lit up the original Downtown Las Vegas, some of which can be found lighting up Freemont Street at night.
The tour begins in the historic La Concha motel lobby (designed by architect Paul Revere Williams) whcih now acts as a visitor's center and gift shop for the collection. The motel definitely gets you in the mood of the Mid-Century Modernist era with its sweeping, atomic-like, brim so when you step into the courtyard you are definitely curious to know what Vegas was like during its hey day.
It's fascinating hearing the stories behind the signs and how much influence the mob played in what signs were able to remain and which ones had to be replaced depending on who was running the casino at the time! The tour moves quickly and there is so much information to take in so to try and take pictures without the rest of the group in them and keep up with the talk was challenging to say the least. Walking through the signs felt like you were walking through the physical history of font development and sign technology and you could see the signs get larger, and larger as technology improved. It was a bit difficult to get a head-on photograph of the larger signs since they are laid out along a curving pathway and you don't have enough room to get it all in one shot, so I tried to capture my favorite aspects such as the form and colors of the letters instead of the entire sign.
Now this is my favorite sign and I'm sure you can see why! I'm planning on enlarging this photo in Ernie's honor and hanging it in our living room which is the reason why I pulled out these photos to show you today. I knew when I took them that I wanted to do a series for our house just because of the bright colors and the Mr.'s fascination with Mid-Century Modern. The "I-CAN" photo which was part of the Tropicana sign is definitely going in my office as a reminder that I can do it.....whatever is is that I want to do!