New Facebook Group Presents Terrific Old Images (and Memories) of Memphis



Now, I don't often recommend that you visit other websites to learn about "the good olde days" in Memphis, because quite frankly I think you can learn all you need to know right here with "Ask Vance." Lord knows, I try.

But local realtor Kathy Hurley has started a brand-new Facebook group called "You're Probably From Memphis If ..." and it offers just page after page of photos that I haven't seen before, such as the wonderful image shown here of popular children's TV show host and toy store entrepreneur "Happy Hal" Miller and his puppet companion, Lil' Bow.

There are lots of other great shots: old signs and menus from the Tropical Freeze, some nice views of the Big Shoe on Lamar, photos of the long-gone Park Theatre and Loew's Palace Theatre, a snapshot of Sivad at the grand opening of the Fred P. Gattas store on Summer, Olympic star Dorothy Hamill skating at the grand opening of the huge ice rink at the Mall of Memphis — it just goes on and on. Plus, since it's Facebook, hundreds of people have added their comments and memories about many of these photos (including yours truly), so it's quite a treat for anyone interested in Memphis history.

So go here and have a good time. Just promise me you'll come back to this site, okay? Because if you don't, I'll never tell you about any others.

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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. 

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