Reno Town House Items

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Reno Town House Items

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Collection of Reno Town House Memorabilia

- Original 1930s whimsical Reno map
- Two Town House casino chips
- Matchbook, rare matchbook blank, and postcard

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About the items

A rare collection of original Reno Town House items, including a 1930s advertising map by Nevada artist Robert Cole Caples. The map measures 13.5 x 17.5 inches. It is unmounted with minor fold creases, otherwise in very good condition.

Other items feature the now famous “Riding Lesson” image also created by Caples (the image is occasionally misattributed to Lew Hymers). There is no better example of a marketing icon that symbolized the impact of the divorce industry on Reno’s economy in 1930s, 40s and 50s. 

About the Town House…

The Town House opened at 39 West First Street in the early 1930s. The club’s owners were among the first to recognize that Nevada’s liberalized divorce laws presented an opportunity to service the needs of wealthy divorcees waiting out the six week residency obligation. It was one of the most upscale clubs in town, despite having rustic decor featuring pine logs and murals with western scenes.

The rapid rise of divorces in Nevada peaked at nearly 20,000 in the mid-1940s, bringing millions of tourist dollars to bars, hotels, ranches, and casinos that sprang up to cater to the divorce crowd. The Town House operated under various owners until the mid-1950s when Reno’s reign of divorce supremacy started to wind down. 

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Items shipped or delivered to a Nevada address will include applicable sales tax on the purchase invoice.