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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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A Smashing Day at Julius Lewis

In 1975, a Memphis driver lost control of his car and crashed into the Julius Lewis store in Midtown.

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Like a View into Another World

A 1960s postcard view of a Cotton Carnival parade shows how dramatically Main Street has changed over the years.

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Another Lost Memphis Landmark: The Crescent Lake

The Crescent Lake was another unique roadside attraction along Summer Avenue.

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A Postcard View of Julius Lewis’ Downtown Store

Julius Lewis was one of many fine Memphis department stores — among them, Goldsmith’s and Lowenstein’s — that are now part of “Lost Memphis.”

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Remember the Alamo, but let’s not forget another one of Summer Avenue’s funky motels.

Not as architecturally significant as the Alamo Plaza, the Silver Horse Shoe was another Summer Avenue motel landmark for decades. And don’t forget the crazy-looking diner next door!

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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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