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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

Lost Memphis: South Belvedere — Wait, It’s Still the Same!

The trees have grown, but South Belvedere has changed very little since this photo was taken in 1926.

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When Trent Wood Met George Bruno

It’s handy when two people I’ve written about come together in one photo: in this case, TV personality Trent Wood and Bruno’s By-Ryt owner George Bruno.

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Want a Bird’s-Eye View of Memphis 50 Years Ago? The Historic Aerials Website Gives You That — and More

The Historic Aerials website is a treasure trove of images for historians and anyone who wants a glimpse into the past — without using a time machine.

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Is This the Original Sign from the Capitol Theatre? (Today Home of Stax Records)

A photo mystery: Was this metal dome ever part of the sign for the old Capitol Theatre, which was converted into Stax Records?

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Remember Lakeland?

No trace — except for the lake itself — remains of the 1960s amusement park Memphians fondly remember as Lakeland. Just a few photos, like the one shown here.

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More Details About the John Wilkes Booth Mummy Mystery

In the 1930s, “LIFE” magazine told the story of a Memphis attorney who claimed he owned the mummified body of John Wilkes Booth. Here’s more information about that story.

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Lost Memphis: Lauderdale Industries

Readers have asked Vance, “How did your family make its money?” Well, here’s how.

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A 1911 View of Broad Avenue in Memphis

A 1911 postcard offers a rare view of Broad Avenue before it was annexed. Look closely and you’ll see a hog hanging outside an old-timey grocery store.

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The Mulford Mansion: Then and Now

Vance Avenue is a street of ghosts. Not a trace remains of one of this city’s nicest homes, the residence of jewelry store owner John Mulford.

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Lost Memphis: Wolf River Bathing Beach

The beaches and sandbars of the Wolf River attracted Memphis swimmers and sunbathers in the early 1900s.

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Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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