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Beer-Drinking Goats at Silky O’Sullivan’s

In Podcast by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Caitlin why there are goats on Beale Street and how they’ve been known to drink beer. Silky O’Sullivan’s features dueling pianos and an outdoor patio with two wonderful female goats. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Joellyn Sullivan joins on this episode to tell us the …

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The Truth Behind Voodoo Village

In Podcast by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca the truth (or as much as I can uncover) about one of Memphis’ most famous “haunted” locations: Voodoo Village. Voodoo Village has truly become its own urban legend. So in this episode, we hope to dispel some of the rumor and lore and tell you what exactly is …

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Memphis the Mojo City

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We gladly bring you a guest blog post by Tony Kail, author of A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers & Spirituals, who shares a few secrets he discovered about particular landmarks in Memphis during his research. Most of us know Memphis as the home of the blues, the place where rock-and-roll was born and the barbecue capital of the world, but Memphis …

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387 Part 2: Fred P. Gattas and the Catalog

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

The catalog you see above resides at 387 South Main, currently the home of Stock & Belle, previously the warehouse of Fred P. Gattas Co., Inc. You’ll find it covers “a wide field of top-grade merchandise.” Among the items are fans and coolers, picnic and barbeque equipment, flags, lawn games and furniture, gardening, leather goods, jewel boxes, clocks, men’s accessories, …

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Leahy’s: A Community of Memories

In Northeast by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

“My grandfather on my father’s side owned Monte’s Drive-in restaurant across the street from Leahy’s Motel. My brother and cousins worked at the restaurant every summer. My grandfather and Mr. Leahy were friends and after working all day we walked across the street to Leahy’s to go swimming. My grandfather on my mother’s side is Frank Balton as in Balton …

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Fallout Shelter!!

In Random by Rebecca Phillips8 Comments

It wasn’t too long after moving to Memphis that I noticed the Fallout shelter sign located on the Masonic Temple on 4th street downtown. It was the first visual I had of a fallout shelter besides what I knew in movies like “Blast from the Past,” and “Matinee,” (I know.. not critically acclaimed movies but entertainment for the time.) There …

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The Godfather of Gibson’s Donuts

In East Memphis by Rebecca Phillips2 Comments

There are many facts and stories we could tell of Gibson’s Donuts, such as how the original owner, Lowell Gibson, hadn’t initially planned to run a donut shop and when he did own one he closed it only one day a year for Christmas. We aren’t going to speak of the bacon sprinkled donut or the magical ingredients the people …

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A Tribute to B.B. King

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton2 Comments

In honor of B.B. King’s memorial, we’d like to share Memphis Type History’s book chapter entitled “Behind the Neon Lights of Beale Street at B.B. King’s.” We hope you enjoy and are inspired by the words people shared of B.B. King as much as we were.    Behind the Neon Lights of Beale Street at B.B. King’s Beale Street gave …

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Inspiration Behind Rebecca’s Memphis Artwork

In Random by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

What’s Rebecca been up to lately? Well, for one she’s designed a series of travel posters inspired by, what else, vintage travel posters and illustration. Choose901 made this awesome video about her inspiration and love for Memphis and I think you should definitely watch it. Choose901 is selling 100 prints of each poster at their Popup Shop this Friday, May …

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Remembering Bill Womack

In Downtown, Guest Posts, Midtown by Art Hullender5 Comments

Today we have a guest post by Art Hullender. It is a wonderful tribute to Bill Womack, whose design has left a lasting mark on Memphis. I’m pretty sure it was a late fall in 2002. I didn’t know at the time that this would be the last time I would ever see Bill Womack. He was in line in …