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WHER: Memphis’ First All-Girl Radio Station

In Podcast by Caitlin L. Horton2 Comments

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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The Holiday Inn Great Sign

In Guest Posts, North Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton3 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 …

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Great Signs at Balton Sign Co!

In Midtown by Rebecca PhillipsLeave a Comment

  “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 history, as it is the …