January 9, 2014Viva Las Vegas – Vintage Las Vegas Stardust Hotel Glass……My New Favorite Glass…..and A Dilemma
By Sara In AZ
I was hunting the thrift stores last week when this FAB glass popped right off the shelf at me and fell into my arms….well that’s what I told Mike anyway! ha!
Yes a glass from, the now forever gone, Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas.
I was super intrigued by this glass – I thought it had such a cool atomic look.
Here are some pictures around the sides of the glass – a poker chip and roulette wheel here.
Another poker chip and a slot machine here.
And some dice with another poker chip here.
The bottom front of the glass had some very faded gold lettering, but I was able to make out “World Famous Strip Las Vegas, Nevada”
And here we are back at the front again.
I was familiar with the Stardust, as my family (and extended family) had somewhat of an obsession about going to Las Vegas back in the late 1970s and into the 1980s…..as a kid I was bored silly, but of course all the grown-ups had a blast.
I am pretty sure we stayed at the Stardust once, but I did not remember the sign ever looking anything like what was shown on the glass above.
Of course this led me home and straight to the computer where I Googled ‘Stardust Las Vegas’ and got the whole story on the many renovations the Stardust went through. Wikipedia says of the first Stardust roadside sign:
The roadside sign was freestanding with a circle constraining an amorphous cloud of cosmic dust circled by an orbit ring and covered in dancing stars. The hotel’s name was nestled in a galactic cloud.
Ummmmm, wow! All I can say is I wish that they had kept that sign forever and ever!
Here are some different images I found online for the Stardust Hotel…….
Well hello awesome Stardust hotel from the early 1960s – I‘d like to plan a vacation back in time with a stay at this hotel as my first priority! Aku Aku here I come!!!! And you can see right there, the roadside sign has the exact same image as the glass I just found.
In 1967 the original Stardust roadside sign was replaced with the ‘falling stars’ sign you see in the postcard below.
In 1977 the Stardust abandoned the galactic theme all together and built out the facade , covering it with neon and lights. This is the Stardust I remember from when I was a kid.
In 1991 the hotel changed the amazing retro Googie font from the original sign to a very, very boring plain font. ugh. Why???? Why!
I searched ALL over the place online thinking surely I would find another, similar, glass just like the one I recently bought……but no…..nothing…..not one single image of this glass anywhere online. A LOT of ashtrays….no glasses at all.
I do believe this is a vintage glass – it just has that feel to me, but I cannot say 100%. Maybe the hotel did some kind of retro re-issue Stardust drinking glass in later years??? But wouldn’t you think that the ‘falling stars’ sign would also be somewhere on the glass as well if that was the case – as they wanted to get away from the galactic vibe of the 50s and 60s. And, if it was a re-issue it seems like I would have seen at least one image of this glass somewhere along they way by now.
So y’all, what do you think? Do you think this glass is vintage? New? Can you help a girl solve this mystery? Please!!!
And, even though this has absolutely nothing to do with the Stardust Hotel, I had to put this picture in my post too…..because really, who wouldn’t want to stay at *this* Flamingo in Las Vegas.
If only we all could……if only………………………………