Ask Vance July 2012

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis — don't make me humiliate you by naming names — know how obsessed I am about locating a high-quality image of several "Lost Memphis" establishment... more

Jul 30, 2012 11:05 PM Ask Vance 2 Comments


Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

Last week I posted an old color postcard of Clearpool, and everyone — well, at least some of my half-dozen readers — got such a thrill out of it that I thought I'd mosey down the road a bit (that r... more

Jul 26, 2012 11:31 AM Ask Vance

I found this old postcard at an estate sale, and I keep it propped up on my desk during these miserably hot summer days, because just looking at it makes me feel cooler. Not that many years ago... more

Jul 23, 2012 11:58 AM Ask Vance

I've written many times before about the quasi-military Safety Patrols that guarded the lives of children attending schools in Memphis. Most of those stories were written in the "dark ages" — befor... more

Jul 13, 2012 2:33 PM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy Benjamin Hooks Central Library

I wonder how many people have forgotten about the magnificent stainless-steel memorial fountain that once stood outside the Front Street post office? Well, here's a great image of it — from the Mem... more

Jul 9, 2012 3:10 PM Ask Vance