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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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Downtown

Looking for a Miss Universal

In poring through the Universal Life Insurance Company’s commemorative books, I’ve realized there were quite a lot of beauty queens who were crowned and represented the company. I would love to interview any Miss Universals out there to learn more about how these queens were crowned and what your role was like. If you once […]

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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

Charlie Musselwhite & Leahy’s Inspirations

Leahy’s was inspirational for a lot of writers, artists, and musicians like Charlie Musselwhite. He wrote in the liner notes of his 2002 album One Night in America… Where I grew up, if I went out the back gate I was in Leahy’s Trailer Court. I had a lot of friends there and hung out […]

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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 […]