Just picked this little gem up yesterday!
|Pre-1957 El Rey Club Matchbook|
|Poker matches w/Royal Flush|
However it wasn't until just before winning this auction that I realized the "new" matchbook was actually an earlier version with different artwork on the spine and the back cover (No idea if these were poker matches as well).
It is my belief that this matchbook was issued before 1957. The evidence I cite is within the artwork itself.
|1957 El Rey Resort Hotel Matchbook|
|1957 El Rey Resort Hotel Matchbook & Spine|
It is truly amazing to find anything that survived the years. It is also a greater pleasure to discover variations on the precious few artifacts remaining. I'm hopeful that more great new artifacts will pop up once the book has been released. STAY TUNED!
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