Lost Memphis: H. Scott's Sons Liquor Distributors — A Lauderdale Family Favorite



In the September issue of Memphis magazine, which is on newsstands NOW, you can read the story of a rather curiously named liquor business: H. Scott's Sons.

Judging by the name, H. Scott — whoever he was — wasn't involved with the company, which was apparently run by his three sons. These enterprising gentlemen offered an astonishing variety of liquid refreshments — ale, gin, beer, whiskey, you name it — and as you might imagine hardly a day passed when an H. Scott's Sons truck didn't pull into the Lauderdale driveway, bringing us fresh supplies.

We didn't feel too bad, guzzling all this booze, because the company went out of its way to promote the health benefits of alcohol. Among other things, they claimed, "It will add years to your life because it has properties that will stop decay and waste." Or maybe it just made you feel like you didn't care about your decay and waste.

The company promoted its wares with colorful sales brochures, posters, and order forms like the one shown here. How can you resist that handsome fellow's demands that you, "Order Now!"

Read all about this interesting and all-but-forgotten company in our September issue.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

Rare Photo: Gladys Presley's Original Gravesite at Forest Hill Cemetery — Mother of Elvis Presley

2012.11.18 08:47 PM

How Many Modern-Style Homes Did Frank Burt Build?

Local architect Frank Burt built himself a very distinctive residence in East Memphis. But did he build a “twin” just a few blocks away?
2015.03.10 12:24 PM

Lost Memphis: Cap’n Bill Killebrew

Bill Killebrew hosted one of the most popular and longest-running kids’ shows on local television.
2015.03.02 02:23 PM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Stories

The South’s Finest Bowling Alley?

Empty, with its fate uncertain, Imperial Lanes on Summer was at one time this city’s finest bowling alley.
2015.03.30 03:39 PM

A Marathon Mystery!

A 1933 “Commercial Appeal” advertisement told readers about “The International Walkathon Marathon” but what it was is quite a mystery.
2015.03.18 04:10 PM

How Many Modern-Style Homes Did Frank Burt Build?

Local architect Frank Burt built himself a very distinctive residence in East Memphis. But did he build a “twin” just a few blocks away?
2015.03.10 12:24 PM

Add your comment:
Edit Module

Buy the Ask Vance Books

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Famed Memphis trivia expert Vance Lauderdale answers reader questions weekly here on his blog!

About This Blog

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and 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.

Got a question for Vance?  Email him here.

Find Vance's old blog posts (pre-April 2011) and comments here.

Be Vance's friend on Facebook:  facebook.com/vancelauderdale

Recent Posts

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Ask Vance Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags