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Ask Vance March 2012

Lost Memphis: The Pig Pen

Call me crazy (many of my doctors do), but I really love the stark simplicity of this ad, found in the back pages of a 1954 Treadwell High School yearbook. It tells you to "Eat" and then it tel... more »

Mar 30, 2012 3:24 PM Ask Vance

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When Elvis Presley and Vance Lauderdale Appeared Together on the Same Memphis Bus

It's not too often that the King of Rock-and-Roll and Vance Lauderdale share the same billing — it certainly doesn't happen enough, that's for sure — but just look at the interesting line-up on thi... more »

Mar 28, 2012 8:55 PM Ask Vance

100 Years Ago: When E.E. Loving Auto Company Sold Cole Motor Cars

Last week, when I took my half-dozen readers on a virtual tour down our city's "Automobile Row," we stopped — just go along with this fantasy, will you? — at most of the main car dealerships on Mad... more »

Mar 26, 2012 10:54 AM Ask Vance

Lost Memphis: The Ford Motor Company Dealership and "Automobile Row" in 1911

It's depressing to think of the wonderful historical artifacts that lie hidden away in trunks, or pasted down in old scrapbooks, never to see the light of day until they are tossed in the trash or ... more »

Mar 20, 2012 3:06 PM Ask Vance

Lost Memphis Update: The Big Shoe

In this month's issue of Memphis magazine, I tell the story of the "Big Shoe" (as it was usually called) — the big white concrete shoe-shaped shoe store on Lamar that so many of you seem to remembe... more »

Mar 13, 2012 9:22 PM Ask Vance

Lost Memphis: Boss Crump's Totem Pole in Confederate Park

Over the years, Confederate Park in downtown Memphis has acquired a lot of curious things that have nothing to do with the Civil War. The most bizarre example of this was the totem pole that po... more »

Mar 6, 2012 10:58 AM Ask Vance

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