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The Universal Life Insurance Company Legacy
The Ghosts of Advance Rubber Stamps
Living Between the Lorraine and the Arts In Downtown Memphis
The Arcade, Memphis’ Oldest Restaurant
Midtown’s Timeless Beauty: The Beauty Shop
The Spinning Lights of Joe’s Wines and Liquors
Scandal and Mayhem at Casey’s Motel
Drink-N-Drag: The Lady in Red
The Lamar Theater: A Neighborhood Cinema
Street Rodding with Walker Radiator Works
A City’s Love for Love’s Feed
A Very Normal Life at the Normal Beauty Shop
Living the Good Life at Leahy’s
Roller Skate for Health at Skateland
Rising Up from the Lorraine Motel
After Sun Studio: Sam Phillips Recording Service
Behind the Neon Lights of Beale Street at B.B. King’s
Rediscovering the Soul in Soulsville, U.S.A.
Overton Square, Where Midtown is Memphis

Tourists and Memphians alike whizz by dozens of signs everyday. In Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner, nineteen of these everyday signs are beautifully captured by painter Rebecca Phillips. Accompanying the artwork and historical photographs is the history behind the signs, as told by the people who experienced it.

Smell the fresh popcorn at the Lamar Theater, be soothed by the soulful atmosphere of Soulsville, U.S.A., and discover the scandalous history of a red neon lady. From the building with unexplained bumps in the night to the evolution of whole neighborhoods, you’ll discover intriguing stories from around the corner that will make your next drive in Memphis more meaningful than you’d ever imagined.