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Oasis Cafe matchbook from the Doug Deems Collection
The Oasis Cafe is a prominent feature on many of the most colorful and beautiful early Las Vegas postcards and photos. In the old linen postcard below you can see the Oasis Cafe nestled on the left side of Fremont Street in front of the tall Frontier Club sign.
The Oasis Café sign was the first neon sign in Las Vegas built in 1929 followed by the Las Vegas Club sign in 1930." 
John Yee article -April -May · June 2002
(2) Margo Bartlett Pesek article in the  Las Vegas Review Journal article
Feb 17, 2013
(3) Nevada Division of Museums and History
A matchbook from the "Air-Cooled" Oasis Cafe
Oasis Cafe Fremont street Las Vegas phone listings E P Bihlmaier
The Las Vegas telephone book listing here shows that E. P. Bihlmaier is the proprietor of the Oasis Cafe in 1944 which also matches the name on the matchbook.
Oasis Cafe and Frontier Club circa 1942
Mission Bar and Kiva Bar at 129 Fremont prior to 1946
Below you can see the Oasis Cafe nestled between the Mission Bar/Kiva Bar and the Frontier Club, eventually being consumed, like many properties by the ever expanding Golden Nugget!
Traffic jam on Fremont Street!
In the postcard above you can see the windows for the second floor above the Oasis Cafe that was used for meetings and dances as described in this oral history:  
"Over the Oasis Restaurant .. on Fremont was where the Masons and others had a big meeting room, and there were dance floors. I remember even in high school going to a dance upstairs over there."  
{excerpted from UNLV Oral History project of George L. Ullom: Politics and Development in Las Vegas, 1930s-1970s  by Jamie Coughtry Published: 1989- UNOHP Catalog #151}
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