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

Rare Photo: Wooten Bomb Shelter Being Constructed

Hoyt Wooten's private bomb shelter became a Whitehaven tourist attraction. A stack of old photos shows it under construction.


Remembering Tony's Fruit Stand

Who could have imagined that a little sidewalk shop selling fruit, soft drinks, cigarettes, and chewing gum would become a Memphis institution?

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A Mysterious Death in Court Square

Hard to believe, but a young boy died in the Court Square fountain, and nobody did a thing to save him.


Lost Memphis (And My All-Time Favorite Motel Name): The Ditty-Wah-Ditty Tourist Court

Why would anyone call their motel the Ditty-Wah-Ditty? Read on ...

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A Mysterious Postcard for the National Cemetery in 1909

Real-photo postcards were common in the early 1900s, and this one shows three women at the National Cemetery in Memphis.

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Lost Memphis: Vera Daniel Flower Farms

If I didn’t have this old postcard, I would never believe that a flower farm stayed in business on Brooks Road.

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Remembering Clearpool

When it was hot as blazes, Memphians could take Lamar to Rainbow Lake, Clearpool, and Maywood. Now? Not a single place has survived.

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Meet the WREC-TV News Team from the 1960s

A posed studio photograph shows the WREC-TV news team from the 1960s. Most readers recognize a few faces, but the others are — so far — a mystery.

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Miss McKellar Lake 1974

Hard to believe, but women from around the Mid-South once competed for this illustrious title.


Lost Memphis: The Linden Circle Theatre

Here’s how it looked in the 1940s. I don’t even want to show you how the same building — yep, it’s still there — looks today.

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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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