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Elmer Gerlock's Las Vegas 1951-1983

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 14th December 2009 3:27am
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Fact #1: I've taken more photos in the last two years than I have in the 38 that led up to them.

Fact #2: In my pocket is a device smaller than a deck of cards that is not only a telephone but a camera, video camera and a mobile broadcasting device.

Fact #3: I've got rolls of undeveloped film that might be older than some who might be reading this.

In the pre-digital era, photography and home movie recording and editing required a lot of dedication and money. Fortunately for us a man named Elmer Gerlock went through the effort of documenting his numerous trips to Las Vegas between the years of 1951 and 1983 on his home film camera. Continuing the tradition, Elmer's children (or grandchildren?) have digitally preserved all of his work and shared it with all of us via the YouTube.

Grab some popcorn and a soft drink kids, its time for a rollicking trip through a Las Vegas most of us have never seen before.

1951: Las Vegas and Hoover Dam

1957: Las Vegas Strip (Day)

1957: Las Vegas Strip & Downtown (Night)

1977: Las Vegas Strip (Day)

1977: Las Vegas Strip (Night)

1983: Hoover Dam

1983: Las Vegas Strip (Night)

Thank you Elmer!



Comments & Discussion:

Those videos bring back memories of the good times I had in Las Vegas at many of the now gone Hotels and Casinos. Sometimes bigger and newer doesn't really translate to better.

My first trip to Vegas was as a 12 year old back in 1977, so the video brought back some memories. We were driving from Portland to Phoenix, and spent a night at the Stardust. We didn't get into the hotel in until sometime around 10pm, so seeing the Strip at night was incredible. The place was hopping, and it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. My parents did not gamble, and grumbled about all the debauchery the whole time we were there, but I thought it was the coolest place ever. And I still think it's pretty cool!

Elmer was my grandfather, and he passed away in 1995. Fortunately, I was able to transfer all of his old films to digital, and it's great to see others enjoying them. I'm sure he would be amazed to know that films he took over 50 years ago are being seen by thousands of people today. Thanks for including them here.

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