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Hart’s Bakery

A bread factory on Summer once boasted the best neon sign in town.


Lost Memphis: Helen of Memphis in the 1940s.

Lost Memphis: Helen of Memphis in the 1940s.


Mark Your Calendars for the Book Fair

The University of the South (Sewanee, TN) will host the 2014 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair.



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The Haas Family, Hyde Park School

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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 supposedy 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.

The Goat Gland Doctor

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New Book — "Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis" — Is Now Available!

This year's special Memphis magazine gift subscription offer.

The William R. Moore Cottage Mystery

What happened to the cottage built by William R. Moore students in the 1940s?

Russwood Park's Early Days as Red Elm Bottoms

The origins of old Russwood Park, our city's baseball stadium that burned in 1961.

Rare Footage of the Chickasaw Ordnance Works Ruins Near Millington

A 1960s home movie shows the ruins of the Chickasaw Ordnance Works gunpowder plant near Millington.

Some Happy Thoughts on American Funeral Customs

Vance Lauderdale ponders the difference between cremation and traditional burials.

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