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Famed Memphis Trivia Expert

Snipping the Ribbon To Open Julius Lewis’ Newest Store

In 1956, Julius Lewis opened a new store downtown at Main and Gayoso.

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More Fun Times at East End

The Bennett Collection, archived at the main library, offers rare views of our city’s past.

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What Is it? Where Is It?

The first of a series of photo mysteries by Vance Lauderdale. Do you know where this is, and what it is?

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Lost Memphis: East End Park

Photos from an old album take readers back to the days of East End Park, a Midtown resort that was once billed as “The Coney Island of the Mid-South.”

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What happened to the globe on top of the Welcome Wagon Building?

Welcome Wagon installed an illuminated globe on the roof of its downtown headquarters. The building is still standing, but the globe has disappeared.

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Remembering Mr. Bingle

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Some of the Best Neon in Town

The Riviera Grill, on Jackson Avenue, was one of Memphis’ most popular restaurants and nightspots. And what a great neon sign!

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A Rare View of the Silver Slipper

A vacant lot marks the site of one of Memphis’ most popular nightspots, the Silver Slipper supper club.

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A history mystery: What school is shown in this old Safety Patrol photograph?

An undated photograph shows students and a Safety Patrol boy at a busy intersection. Well, where were they in Memphis?

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An unusual memorial marks the last resting place of Memphis photographer Ernest Withers.

Photographer Ernest Withers spent most of his life capturing Memphis with his camera, so it only makes sense that a camera-shaped tombstone marks his grave in Elmwood Cemetery.

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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and MBQ: 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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