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When Did the Loeb Companies Operate Turkish Baths?

The Loeb Companies, known for everything from BBQ to real estate, at one time operated Turkish baths in Memphis.


Snipping the Ribbon To Open Julius Lewis’ Newest Store

In 1956, Julius Lewis opened a new store downtown at Main and Gayoso.


More Fun Times at East End

The Bennett Collection, archived at the main library, offers rare views of our city’s past.


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Burt’s Lair

Architect Frank Burt’s residence and Ponder Cleaning.

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Sunset Home

Eudora builds a cottage and mock weddings in Memphis.

White Station Hospital

Clark Tower; North Second and Looney.

In the Good Old Summertime

The Bennett Collection offers a rare glimpse into our city’s past.

The Haas Family, Hyde Park School

Sleep study in South Memphis; school days in North Memphis.

One-Armed Wonder

Memphis baseball player Pete Gray.

Tom Lee: A Hero’s Tale

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Crane Company

The Crane Company and Collins Chapel.

Trent Wood: 1925-2014

Trent Wood, fondly remembered as the longtime host of the Memphis TV program “Looney Zoo,” died Tuesday in Oklahoma.

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The Crying Angel

What is the story of the “Crying Angel” — a terrifying creature that supposedly roams a patch of woods near Millington?

Cap’n Bill

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Last Known Survivor of 1925 M.E. Norman Steamboat Disaster Dies in Memphis

The rescue of Leroy Hidinger and 25 others made Tom Lee a national hero.

The 1949 Grand Opening of Lowenstein's East

Lowenstein's was the anchor store for the first major shopping center built outside downtown.

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