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DispL.A. Case #62: Bugsy Siegel’s Cufflinks
The history of Los Angeles as told through 232 objects.
Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781. Between now and the 232nd anniversary, we are gathering the stories behind iconic objects that help explain our city. Los Angeles is older than Chicago, Atlanta or Washington, D.C. In fact, when L.A.’s founders were gathering at El Pueblo, New York City was still occupied by the British army. We have a long story to tell, let’s take a look back and see where the city came from. Feel free to add to this exhibition. Email your ideas to [email protected]
Bootlegger, gambler, and Mob boss Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel ran with Hollywood stars when he wasn’t setting up illegal bookmaking operations. He went on to operate gambling operations in Las Vegas, including the El Cortez and Flamingo Hotels. The natty gambler left these Kum-A-Part snap cuff links with tough guy actor George Raft before being gunned down in Beverly Hills in 1947. They’re now on display at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.