What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas and what stays in Vegas is largely on the sheets and towels of the hotels and casinos along The Strip. In a city whose skyline is constantly evolving with newer, bigger, and taller buildings and the once majestic hotels and casinos now forgotten, one thing has remained constant – the freshly laundered towels and linens provided by the American Linen Supply Company. The idea that a business that began as wholesome as providing clean aprons to grocers in Nebraska would someday literally handle the mob’s dirty laundry seems like a stretch but that’s exactly what happened with the company that George Steiner started in 1896.
This green and white pencil with the script logo printed on it along with the 4 digit phone number suggests that this pencil has probably seen some stuff. The 4 digit phone number on the pencil suggests that it is from sometime between the 1930’s and 1960’s - probably the 40’s or 50’s based on the hotel and resort construction boom. I imagine a pencil like this wedged behind the ear of a hotel maintenance man kept after work so he had something to fill out the crumpled racing form in the pocket of his coveralls or to write down a tip overheard from one of the high rollers staying there.