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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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A reader has tracked down the owner of this 1943 class ring. Read more

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The building was sometimes used for other functions, if this is indeed the skating rink. Read more

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A section of Elmwood Cemetery called "No Man's Land" marks the last resting place of many unidentified victims of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Read more

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In high school, she was Miss Teenage Memphis and Miss Congeniality. Then Hollywood came calling. Read more

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This was the ultimate news-gathering machine in the 1960s. 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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The old bandstand has been a Court Square feature for decades. 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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This family-owned company designed some of the first neon signs in the Mid-South. 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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There's a good reason this view of downtown may not look familiar to residents of the Bluff City. Read more

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A visitor from the early 1900s might find some things the same in this old park. The old cannon from the Spanish-American War, however, is long gone. Read more

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Every building you see in this vintage postcard has changed dramatically in the past century. 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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The postcard company hand-applied glitter to this image of the Memphis Trust Company Building. 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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