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Surviving the Bomb: Memphis’ Famous Fallout Shelter

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, we talk about something that has come up more lately than many of us would’ve expected: fallout shelters. Learn about Memphis’ history of one particular famous safe place and how it drew criticism from the state controlled press in Russia at the time.  Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google …

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Let’s Go to the Movies

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, grab some popcorn because we take you to the neighborhood theater of Crosstown, a place that lives no more. Then learn the story behind Lloyd T. Binford, the man who played watchdog over Memphis cinema for many years. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Crosstown’s Neighborhood Theater The …

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Graffiti 101 with Nosey42

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, Rebecca sits on her front porch with graffiti artist Brandon Marshall sipping on mojitos while he takes  us all the way back to the beginning of his art form and its manifestations in our beloved Memphis. Do you know the difference between graffiti and a mural? Sit up straight, class is …

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Maywood Beach

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca all about a magical place of summer fun in Memphis: Maywood Beach, aka the “beach within reach.” Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Maurice and Mae Woodson opened Maywood Beach (named after Mae, of course) on July, 4, 1931 at Lake Shahkoka in Olive Branch, …

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Malls of Memphis

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, we talk about the history of a few malls in Memphis, how they started and what they’ve become. We also include some hopeful future news. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play In this episode, we talk about the history of malls generally, but also specifically how Memphis malls …

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Beer-Drinking Goats at Silky O’Sullivan’s

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Caitlin why there are goats on Beale Street and how they’ve been known to drink beer. Silky O’Sullivan’s features dueling pianos and an outdoor patio with two wonderful female goats. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Joellyn Sullivan joins on this episode to tell us the …

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The Truth Behind Voodoo Village

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca the truth (or as much as I can uncover) about one of Memphis’ most famous “haunted” locations: Voodoo Village. Voodoo Village has truly become its own urban legend. So in this episode, we hope to dispel some of the rumor and lore and tell you what exactly is …

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Memphis the Mojo City

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We gladly bring you a guest blog post by Tony Kail, author of A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers & Spirituals, who shares a few secrets he discovered about particular landmarks in Memphis during his research. Most of us know Memphis as the home of the blues, the place where rock-and-roll was born and the barbecue capital of the world, but Memphis …

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387 Part 2: Fred P. Gattas and the Catalog

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The catalog you see above resides at 387 South Main, currently the home of Stock & Belle, previously the warehouse of Fred P. Gattas Co., Inc. You’ll find it covers “a wide field of top-grade merchandise.” Among the items are fans and coolers, picnic and barbeque equipment, flags, lawn games and furniture, gardening, leather goods, jewel boxes, clocks, men’s accessories, …

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Leahy’s: A Community of Memories

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“My grandfather on my father’s side owned Monte’s Drive-in restaurant across the street from Leahy’s Motel. My brother and cousins worked at the restaurant every summer. My grandfather and Mr. Leahy were friends and after working all day we walked across the street to Leahy’s to go swimming. My grandfather on my mother’s side is Frank Balton as in Balton …