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The Last Resting Place of the City Censor

The grave of Lloyd T. Binford memorializes his role as the city censor.


Remembering Cibo Pizza

If the pizza was as spectacular as the building, then Cibo Pizza House was a guaranteed success.


Tiger Lair

Chenault’s Restaurant was one of Whitehaven’s most popular restaurants, especially for the Whitehaven High School crowd.


Remember This?

Before the Claridge was converted to apartments, its main restaurant was called the Bell Tavern.


Aw Rats! The Giant Atomic Pest Control Mouse Is Leaving Memphis

After 35 years, a larger-than-life mouse that served as a symbol for a local pest control company is moving away.

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Remember Buying Your Christmas Trees at Al's Golfdom or Al's Golfhaven?

During the winter, Al's Golfdom and Golfhaven sold Christmas trees.

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More Images of the Chickasaw Ordnance Works — The Huge WWII Gunpowder Plant Near Memphis

During World War II, the U.S. Army operated one of the nation's largest gunpowder plants. Here are rare photos of the plant under construction.

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Here's a Great View of White Station Tower from 1970

An aerial view shows the changes around White Station Tower since 1970.

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

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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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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and MBQ: Inside Memphis Business.  Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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