Ask Vance November 2012

A Newspaper Ad for Memphis' First Drive-In Movie Theater?

In our November issue, I tell the story of the old, and original, Summer Drive-In, which opened in 1948 at the corner of Summer and White Station. I'd tell you more, but I certainly expect you to b... more »

Nov 27, 2012 10:25 AM Ask Vance

One of Those "Hey, What a Minute" Tombstones — This One in Calvary Cemetery

In my ramblings through local graveyards, I often come across tombstones with carvings or family names that make me stop and think, "Hey, wait a minute." And so it was with this marker in Calva... more »

Nov 26, 2012 1:09 PM Ask Vance


courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

Another Maysie Dimond Mural Mystery: What Happened to the Dyess Colony Mural Given to Eleanor Roosevelt?

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the wonderful murals that local artist Maysie Dimond had painted across the walls of Ellis Auditorium. I'm sure you remember that charming story, and told it to y... more »

Nov 20, 2012 11:08 AM Ask Vance

Rare Photo: Gladys Presley's Original Gravesite at Forest Hill Cemetery — Mother of Elvis Presley

Digging through a box of dusty 35mm slides purchased at a Memphis estate sale, I found the usual stuff — family photos, shots of Christmas trees, lots of living rooms and kitchens, and lots and lot... more »

Nov 18, 2012 8:47 PM Ask Vance

Found: Two of the Maysie Dimond Murals from Ellis Auditorium. Well, Not the Murals Themselves ...

Last week, I told you — yes, I'm talking to YOU — about the remarkable murals that Memphis artist Maysie Dimond had painted across 150 feet of the walls of Ellis Auditorium. When that building was ... more »

Nov 11, 2012 12:02 PM Ask Vance


menu courtesy Gene Gill

Found! An Actual Menu for Davis' White Spot Restaurant

Regular readers of this blog — you know who you are, because I send you Christmas cards every year — know that I have embarked on a personal crusade to find a verified, authentic, CLEAR photograph ... more »

Nov 9, 2012 2:38 PM Ask Vance


photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

Lost Memphis: Maysie Dimond's Murals at Ellis Auditorium

A few years ago, I wrote a wonderful, amazing, thrilling article that I called "Pieces of the Past" — about all sorts of architectural artifacts that had been saved when landmarks were demolished, ... more »

Nov 7, 2012 2:57 PM Ask Vance

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