Mob Museum Hosts Repeal Day Celebration

By Nikki Artale

Las Vegas Informer

Photos by Nikki Artale

The Repeal Day Celebration was held at the Mob Museum on Dec. 5, 2012, and the day started with former Mayor Oscar Goodman smashing a bottle against old wooden barrels. Prohibition was officially lifted on Dec. 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 Executive Director of the Mob Museum and the Mob Girls were on hand to start off the festivities at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the museum. The Repeal Day Party was scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. 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

Best Dressed

 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 & 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 POboxes, 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.

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

Nikki Artale

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer  – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100% of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services. 702-279-7001

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