Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries
I know you think I spend most of my days rooting through the old Press-Scimitar files at the University of Memphis, but you'd only be half-right. I just spend my waking hours there.
But I did turn up a newspaper article about Fortner Furniture Company, at National and Summer, and judging from the artist's rendering, it's obvious that the giant clock was added later.
If you're having trouble reading the article, let me give you a hand (or an eye, or whatever). Dated April 29, 1960, it says: "An artist's sketch of Fortner Furniture Co. at National and Summer shows the building after a 2,000-square-foot expansion has been completed. Remodeling of the original building at 3404 Summer has been finished. Four buildings to the west of the present location are being razed to allow room for the expansion, which will be ready by September 1. P.W. Jamison is general contractor. Fortner Furniture Co. was founded by Mr. and Mrs W.V. Fortner 25 years ago. General manager is a brother of Mr. Fortner, Frank K. Fortner."
So there you go. Now I'd like to know: Whose idea was it to add the wonderful clock, and why?