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A world of lost businesses can be found in old telephone directories. more

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Our resident curmudgeon explains why there are lion-like creatures stalking the ground floor of the Raymond James Tower downtown. more

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If you need accurate historical information, old postcards aren't a reliable source. more

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Our resident curmudgeon reluctantly tackles a 1930s barber shop mystery. more

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A tiny log cabin once stood on an island in Overton Park's Rainbow Lake. more

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The school used a station wagon to bring art to rural communities. Just another example of how it affected our lives. more

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PHOTO COURTESY MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY ROOM, BENJAMIN HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY

An old photograph shows how drastically the neighborhood around Crump Blvd. has changed over the years. more

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Dear Vance: An old building on Jackson has a painted sign with the words “Mr. Bower” below what seems to be an image of a dog. Who was Bower, and what kind of business was this? more

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Downtown's tallest building was the scene of a tragedy in 1961. more

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An old yearbook ad shows students inside Memphis' unusual Polynesian restaurant. more

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Before they offered thousands of toys, V.F. Botto & Company was a tobacco and candy emporium. more

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courtesy benjamin l. hooks central library

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courtesy benjamin l. hooks central library.

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This oddly designed Polynesian-themed restaurant was one of most popular dining establishments in Memphis. more

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Not a trace remains of one of the largest and most popular swimming pools in Memphis. more

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In 1952, construction crews put the finishing touches on the tall steeple of Second Presbyterian Church. more

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This block of Union Avenue has changed quite a bit since the view captured in an old photograph. more

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Going to — and getting through — the airport wasn't quite the ordeal it is today. more

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The Mississippi River has never seen a riverboat quite like that one. more

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Considered Memphis' best bowling alley, Imperial Lanes was demolished several years ago. more

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