“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Shocker
Quickly, list all the famous signs you can think of. We’ll wait.
Short list, isn’t it? Our list contains just one, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, an iconic symbol of Sin City since it was designed by Betty Willis in 1959.
Here’s a somewhat shocking fact about the sign: It was never copyrighted. That’s right, the design of the famed Las Vegas sign, which graces thousands of pieces of merchandise from key chains to poker chips (and just about everything else), is in the public domain—its designer gets precisely zip in terms of royalties.
Designer Betty Willis considered her design a gift to the city of Las Vegas. It’s a gift for which this blog and untold Vegas visitors are forever thankful.
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