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Masks from Vapors Club in Hot Springs
Masks from Vapors Club in Hot Springs
Masks, Vapors Club in Hot Springs
Date: ca. 1935
Dimensions: 22 x 13 in. (55.9 x 33 cm)
Medium: chalkware
Credit Line: Old State House Museum Collection
Description: Colorful chalkware masks from the Vapor's Club in Hot Spring's Arkansas. Clown faces. The Vapors club was owned and run by Dane Harris and well-known gangster, Owen "Owny" Madden (who was also owner of the famous Cotton Club in New York). The club opened in 1960 and ran as a nightclub and an illegal gambling establishment until 1967 when Governor Winthrop Rockefeller shut down gambling altogether in Hot Springs. It remained open as a restaurant and nightclub into the 1990's. Many celebrities performed at The Vapors over the years, including Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett, who sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for the very first time there.

Object Number: 2007.057.01-02