Ask Vance May 2015

A Memphis woman filled her Midtown bungalow floor to ceiling with oil paintings of neighborhood pets. The question is: Why? more

May 26, 2015 10:37 PM Ask Vance


photo by Vance Lauderdale

Old sidewalks often have the names of the companies who poured them pressed into the cement. Some even use metal nameplates. more

May 24, 2015 4:27 PM Ask Vance


photo courtesy Gravure Illustration Company of Chicago, 1926

A 1926 view of the unique Midtown building that would later house Helen of Memphis. more

May 20, 2015 3:05 PM Ask Vance


photo courtesy Memphis Bicycle Company

The Summer Avenue landmark is selling off more than 50 years of inventory May 16th-17th. more

May 13, 2015 8:50 PM Ask Vance


painting by Jack Crump

The Pig Pen BBQ shop on Summer had an actual painting of — what else — a pig pen, painted by Jack Crump, brother of the owner. more

May 12, 2015 1:25 PM Ask Vance


Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

In the 1940s, Firestone embarked on some unusual promotions, including Teddy, the Grand Champion Steer. more

May 7, 2015 1:36 PM Ask Vance


photo courtesy “Memphis Press-Scimitar”

Meet Dudley, the feline mascot and mouse-catcher of the old Court Square Book Shop. more

May 4, 2015 9:42 PM Ask Vance




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