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Midtown

A Story From Kristin

Kristin Young sent us this sweet little story and we desired a sharing.. “I grew upĀ  a few blocks west of where Joe’s Wines & their infamous neon sign. Everyone else calls it The Sputnik, but I’ve never called it that nor will I ever. One of the first times my parents drove me past […]

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Northeast

Leahy’s at Christmastime

An employee at Leahy’s tells us this was their park sometime in the 80’s. Isn’t it lovely? If you have your own photos of Memphis during past holiday seasons, we ask that you please submit them so that we may see what this city looked like in Christmastime during the lives of others among us! […]

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Random

A Word From the Photographer

  A written word from the dapper Jeremy Greene himself… “Dear Internets, Here is the account of the Memphis Type photographs. One summer, I had an intern who was learning digital photography. I had the idea that an interesting way to help teach some technique was to do an actual project rather than point at […]

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Midtown

Great Signs at Balton Sign Co!

  “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 […]

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Midtown

Behold the Sputnik

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 […]

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Midtown

What’s In His Bag?

You may have recently seen creepy Peter Pan at the Children’s Museum but did you know he was once employed by Peter Pan’s Pantry as their sign boy? The lad seems pretty happy wherever he goes. I think he likes Memphis. Now who can recall where the location of Peter Pan’s Pantry was?

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South Memphis

This Wasn’t Always Casey’s Motel

At different art shows I’ve had people come up to me and ask if this painting is of Casey’s Motel on Elvis Presley Blvd or Bellevue. And the answer is both! Drive far enough south on S. Bellevue and you’ll discover at some point Elvis Presley Blvd occupies the street name, though there was a […]

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Northeast

Leahy’s Postcard

This is a postcard of Leahy’s Motel & Trailer Park on Summer Avenue in it’s earlier years. Leahy’s began as a campsite for people who were fine with staying in a tent. Later on, the location matured into an RV and motel “campsite,” with a three-story house of which, people say, once served as a […]