Mob Museum Hosts Repeal Day Celebration

Mob Museum Hosts Repeal Day Celebration

Photos by Nikki Artale

The Repeal Day Celebration was held at the Mob Museum on December 5, 2012, and the day started with former Mayor Oscar Goodman smashing a bottle against old wooden barrels. Prohibition was officially lifted on December 5, 1933 and Americans once again could drink legally. The Mob Museum was selected as the place to commemorate the day and an invitation went out to the general public to come and celebrate.

                                                              Jonathan  Ullman

Jonathan Ullman Executive Director of the Mob Museum and the Mob Girls were on hand to start off the festivities at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the museum. The Repeal Day Party was scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm and everyone was encouraged to come dressed in their best vintage clothes from the 20’ and 30’s era.

The 20’s party was the place to be as the booze flowed, the jazz band played and the ladies looked fabulous. Everyone enjoyed the prohibition era cocktails and the great food. Oscar Goodman loves his gin and I found him celebrating and as happy as he could be, in the crowd with his signature drink. 
                                                   Oscar Goodman

Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and the men and women did not disappoint us with their clothing, hair, makeup and accessories.

Best Dressed Man
Best Dressed Woman

I will never have to wonder how I would look in a police line up because I had the opportunity to take photos to see myself, along with my friends Debbie & Mickey Silver.
Nikki Artale
Debbie Sweeney and Mickey Silver

I was very impressed as I entered the three story building, which once was a federal court house and a U.S. Post Office, and saw the PO boxes, marble floors and the original elevators. Every floor was filled with mob memorabilia, photos, guns, documents, videos and clothes. Videos, audios and photos tell the stories of the early years of Las Vegas and the crime families that ran the town. It is the story of law enforcement and organized crime. The displays were excellent, the photos graphic and gory and it was a chance to actually see the crime scenes that we have all read about but never saw.

One of the displays was of the wall where the Valentine’s Day Massacre took place and an actual electric chair that was used to kill over 500 prisoners.
Valentine Day Massacre

Old slots and gambling equipment were on display and I saw an Abercrombie & Fitch false bottom tote bag that was used to smuggle flasks of illegal booze. 

The Mob Museum is located at 300 East Stewart Avenue and tickets are available by calling the box office at 702 229-2743

Robert Nash
I will definitely be going back to visit the museum and take a few hours to see it in its entirety.


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