Once upon a time, I lived in Las Vegas. During my brief stint in Sin City, I came to the conclusion that the culture, heat and lifestyle of Vegas were not for me. I still, however, crave a Las Vegas I never got to experience. The Las Vegas that is promised by the now-famous welcome sign:
Probably the most renowned of its kind, The Las Vegas sign is part of the kookily futuristic Googie movement in design and architecture that began in the western United States in the late 1950s. Googie evolved out of the Space and Atomic Ages during a time when Americans were heavily interested in new sciences and looking toward the future. The Googie trend elevated even a humble roadside motel or gas station sign to a work of art.
They just don’t make ’em like that anymore…
A Feast of Googie Signage (from Flickr and google images) after the jump.