View Post

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 …

View Post

History on Wheels: Memphis Bicycle Co.

In North Memphis by Brenda Wilkerson8 Comments

(The Amagliani brothers and their father, courtesy of Shannon Caraway) Guerrino Amagliani opened Memphis Motorcycle Co. in 1917. The store’s first location was on Cooper, but it later moved to 190 Union Avenue, on what is now the grounds of AutoZone Park. Guerrino’s children – John, Mary, Mike, Gene, Joe, and Frank – helped out with the business. Memphis Motorcycle …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Behold the Sputnik

In Midtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

Video via www.agilitynut.com/sca/roto.html There are only few functional Roto-Spheres (or Sputniks) on this planet and Memphis holds one of them. Take a viewing of this dazzling footage by the inventor Warren Milks, compiled by Debra Jane Seltzer of RoadsideArchitecture.com. In this video there are Roto-Spheres as well as their “siblings,” Turn-Stars and Roto-Rings. Debra Jane has compiled extensive info on …