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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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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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A vintage postcard offers a rare view of the "rustic" interior of these Western-themed restaurants 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

Newspapers announced an “International Walkathon Marathon” in 1933. What was it, exactly? Read more

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They may seem an unlikely place for holiday shopping, but in the 1940s Firestone offered something for everyone. Read more

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Puppies were just some of the prizes given away by D.D. Gordon when he opened his new and improved gas station in Cooper-Young. Read more

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Before it finally closed its branches in Memphis, J.B. Hunter downgraded to a "discount center." Read more

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A candy-making operation, cranking out Skippy Boy Pralines, was a unique feature of the first Holiday Inns. Read more

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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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Greetings from West Memphis — but what part of that city does this postcard show? Read more

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Our history expert pays a visit to a home with sights and sounds no one can explain. Read more

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For more than 60 years, this classic department store stood across from Court Square. Read more

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Duke'sSummer-1948

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If you think BBQ is harmful to pigs, the ads never show it. They seem to be having a great time! Read more

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