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Both photos were taken from the same spot — the top floor of the Cotton Exchange Building. Read more

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As a star on the hit TV series "Dark Shadows" this Memphian was one of the best-known actors in America. Read more

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The automated "push-button grocery" was installed in an all-steel Quonset hut. Read more

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If this wasn't proof that Santa Claus really existed, then I can't help you. Read more

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Can anyone identify the location (or date) of these old photos found in a Mississippi scrapbook? Read more

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Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, little Estelle Eggleston from Memphis became one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. Read more

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Not a bad place to spend Christmas, if you ask me. Read more

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At one time, this Downtown establishment claimed it was "The Toy Showplace of the South." Read more

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Our history expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. Read more

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It's a taste treat at the Lauderdale Mansion, and it should be part of a healthy diet at your home, too. Read more

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Our history expert answers questions about who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. Read more

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You can see how the photo shows details erased from postcards of the business. Read more

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For more than 50 years, reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught at a school named Memphis. But it wasn't located here; it was in Cleveland. Read more

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At one time, this was one of the region's most popular airlines. Read more

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Harris singlehandedly kept the bank open during the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. Read more

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Years ago, this building helped customers find "The Rainbow Road to Health and Happiness." Read more

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A memorable feature of one of Memphis’ most popular drive-ins. Read more

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A dedicated reader has tracked down the location of one of Clarence Saunders' old grocery stores. Read more

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A stark contrast to the Main Street Mail we know today. Read more

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Even Vance is stumped trying to find where this particular store was located in Memphis. Read more

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Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. Read more

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Dear Vance: My parents told me they shopped at a store called McLellan’s, which was located somewhere Downtown. I thought they meant McCrory’s, but they insisted they had the name right. Can you help? — B.H., Memphis. Read more

Dear Vance: Where was the little restaurant called the Salad Bowl? I remember eating there a few times in the 1970s. — E.G., Memphis. Read more

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Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. Read more

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Two boats left Memphis for a Mississippi River outing on May 8, 1925. Only the Choctaw came back. Read more

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Our resident historian reveals that Bemis Bag Company once manufactured, of all things... bags. Read more

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Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes. Read more

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Early plans for downtown Memphis don't really compare to how it looks today. What about the helicopters? Read more

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Vance Lauderdale may not provide the answers you seek. But he probably won't lie to you. Read more

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An unusual advertisement from a 1908 guidebook poses a real riddle for our history columnist. Can he solve it? Maybe, maybe not. Read more

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Dear Vance: I have found a reference to old-time “radio exercise” programs and don’t know what they are talking about. Can you help? — A.N., Memphis. Read more

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Dear Vance: While removing the medicine cabinet from my old home in Midtown, I found a packet holding a razor blade sold by the Shelby Blade Company. Where was this business located? — E.G., Memphis Read more

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Dear Vance: I found this old photo of Herman’s Sandwich Shop at a local estate sale and wondered what you could tell me about this establishment. — T.M., Memphis. Read more

A gas station on Central, remembered as a landmark, once gave customers puppies as a promotion. Who ran this establishment? Read 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. Read more

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

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