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Mid-Century Architecture in Memphis with Aften Locken

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Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Aften takes us back to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s – very important in understanding mid-century modern architecture. Then, she schools us on how to recognize key aspects of these structures… Here’s a hint: Does it look like it’s from The Jetsons? It’s probably mid-mod! Some of her favorites in Memphis …

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Buried in Elmwood

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, we both tell each other a few select stories about being buried in Elmwood Cemetery. First, we learn that Elmwood is the oldest nonprofit in Tennessee. Then Rebecca shares how the cemetery got its name even though it didn’t have any elms. I school you on the history of mourning (Queen …

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Barboro Alley and Sam Cooper Boulevard

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Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Barboro Alley is a charming alleyway with a long history that includes undertakers, groceries, ice, and (like most things in Memphis) the Yellow Fever epidemic. Rebecca then shares some fun facts about Cooper Street, which has nothing to do with Sam Cooper Boulevard. Sam Cooper Boulevard’s namesake was an integral part …

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WHER: Memphis’ First All-Girl Radio Station

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca all about Memphis’ first all-girl radio station, WHER. Started by Sam Phillips in 1955, WHER featured women at all levels of making radio happen, from ad sales to management and, of course, the jockettes. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play There were a lot of …

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Welcome to Memphis Type History: The Podcast

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In this first ever episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, Rebecca and I welcome YOU, dear listeners. We discuss why we’re crazy enough to make a podcast, the untold story of how the dancing lady came into our lives, and what to expect from us each week. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Memphis Type History: The …

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Dead Men Walking in Barboro Alley

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With a name that bounces around your mouth as you say it, Barboro Alley will immediately charm you with its old-fashioned stone walkway nestled between façades of peeling paint. Just stepping into the alley takes you back to another century. Except that in past centuries, you might not have taken such a pleasant stroll between the restaurants and bars you …

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The Best of Christmas in Memphis

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I was curious one evening not all that long ago about what kind of holiday traditions we used to enjoy here in Memphis. Here are some tidbits I gathered. Please comment with your own stories and memories! Sandra Reeves is one of many with fond memories of Christmastime in Memphis: Memphis, the city, was an enchanted place to be as …

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A Peek Into Memphis Alleys: Park Alley

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Take any kind of mildly extensive walk Downtown and you’ll notice that Memphis has a lot of alleyways. More than that, most of them are quite a bit strange, either in name or in history… or in both. Over the years, some have disappeared from our streets due to construction. One that remains was given the classy name of Park …

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Better Than Sliced Bread: The Wonder Bread Bakery

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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

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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 …