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Better Than Sliced Bread: The Wonder Bread Bakery

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton2 Comments

The Wonder Bread bakery was a Memphis icon for both sight and smell. Located at 400 Monroe Avenue, the bakery once sent the warm, inviting scent of baking bread wafting over one of Memphis’ most unique neighborhoods, The Edge. The now-vacant 184,393-square-foot building features a charming mix of hand-painted and neon signage. The Memphis facility was built in 1921, the …

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The Holiday Inn Great Sign

In Guest Posts, North Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Many of you have asked us about the Holiday Inn sign. Today, we’re pleased to bring you a guest post exploring the history of this iconic sign by Caroline Mitchell Carrico, Exhibits Design Coordinator at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Without further ado, we present the Holiday Inn sign… In 1951, Memphis businessman Kemmons Wilson took a vacation that changed …

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Lucky Electric Supply Incorporated

In Downtown by Khara Woods0 Comments

Lucky Electric Supply’s (LES) hand-painted sign, with its scale, script and sans-serif type, truly stands out from the rest. There are at least three hand-painted signs: one facing GE Patterson Avenue (south side) and one on the east and west sides. The behemoth ghost sign, on the building’s east side, takes up a good chunk of the building’s facade and appears to …

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Great Signs at Balton Sign Co!

In Midtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

  “And we’ve got a sign out here now that was Graceland Liquor Store that was an old-type neon sign across the street from Graceland. And it’s just sitting on the shop out here.” Jeff Balton, of Balton Sign Co., so kindly presented me a tour of their great sign shop which holds a fascinating history, as it is the …