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

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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Elevator Excitement

When Bass Pro Shops opens, visitors can pay $10 to ride an elevator to the top. More than a century ago, another downtown elevator offered a similar attraction.

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Hidden Gems in Historic Homes

When someone dies or moves away, an estate sale is an easy means of selling their belongings. But they also provide a glimpse into the finest homes in Memphis. If you’re not a Lauderdale, how else are you going to get inside?

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An Interesting Gadget from 1903

Typewriters were the laptops of yesteryear, and inventors came up with interesting ways to protect a valuable business tool.

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Does Anyone Remember Poco Taco?

It didn’t last long, but Poco Taco offered some of the tastiest Mexican food in Memphis.

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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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