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.

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