The One Sound State

The One Sound StateThis “Greetings from Nevada” postcard points out some of the states positive attributes. Presumably the slogan, “The One Sound State” refers to the lack of state taxes, but I have to say that it makes no sense to me whatsoever.

Greetings from Las Vegas

Greetings from Las VegasHere’s a great view of Fremont Street, a very different scene from that of today. The postcard probably dates from the mid-1960s, and has this description on the back:

FREMONT STREET
Las Vegas, Nevada
Heart of the busy business district just east of the world’s most exciting and colorful casino center.

Boy, This is Some Town

Reno, Too Busy to WriteI’ve always gotten a kick out of the various “too busy to write” postcards, with their pre-fab remarks and check boxes. This Reno card has “Getting Married” as one selection and “Getting RENO-vated” just below that. Too funny.

The Biggest Little City in the World

The Biggest Little City in the WorldReno, Nevada, once known primarily as a venue for countless divorces. If you ever get the chance, watch the 1931 Wheeler and Woolsey comedy, Peach O’Reno, a hilarious look at Reno’s divorce machine. On the back:

RENO – the largest city in Nevada is ideally situated in the fertile meadows on the banks of the Truckee River, and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. The abundant beauties and attractions of this cosmopolitan city, its zestful and sparkling life, justifies the claim to ‘The Biggest Little City in the World.’

New Riverside Hotel, Reno

New Riverside Hotel, RenoNot all postcards include printed descriptions, but fortunately for us some have hand-written commentary on the back. This one tells it like it is: “No doubt you remember this place. The rich ones spend their six weeks in this hotel. When they get their divorce they stand on this bridge and drop their wedding rings in the water.”