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

Quince Station Shopping Center As It Was Supposed To Look in the 1950s

When developers laid out the Country Club Estates subdivision around Quince and White Station, they included a shopping center. The architectural rendering doesn’t quite match what was actually built there.

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Another View of the Man Who Ran the Popular BBQ Joint on Summer

Torn down in the 1960s, the Pig Pen has survived in the memories of everyone who ate there — and in the Crump family’s scrapbooks and photo albums.

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My Quest Continues To Find a Decent Photo of This Popular East Memphis Hangout

The Tropical Freeze opened in the 1950s at Poplar and White Station, but few photos exist of the popular hangout.

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The Strange Obsession of Memphis Artist Miriam Haas

A Memphis artist named Miriam Haas embarked on a campaign to paint oil portraits of seemingly every dog she encountered. After her death, her home was filled with hundreds of these little paintings. Why did she do it?

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Years Ago, Concrete Contractors Set Their Names in Stone ... Well, Cement.

Look closely as you walk along old sidewalks, and you can often find the names of the companies who poured them pressed into the cement.

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Helen of Memphis Began Life as the Woman’s Art Building

As depicted in “The Art Work of Memphis” (1926), the Woman’s Art Building later housed the well-known boutique, Helen of Memphis.

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Bicycle History For Sale This Weekend

A Summer Avenue icon, the historic Memphis Bicycle Company is selling off its entire inventory — more than 50 years of bicycles, parts, and accessories, May 16th-17th.

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The Pig Pen’s Pig Pen Painting

Jack Crump, brother of Allen Crump, who owned the old Pig Pen barbecue joint on Summer, was a talented artist who contributed a painting and even little pig figurines to his brother’s restaurant.

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What Happened to Teddy?

A Grand Champion steer named Teddy took to the roads in the 1940s to promote Firestone tires.

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Remembering a Bookworm Cat

A cat named Dudley served as the mascot of Albert Wilckes’ bookstore overlooking Court Square in the 1940s.

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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.

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