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Lillybeck Drug's "Germ Destroyer"

In the early 1900s Memphis' long-gone Lillybeck Drug Company offered a "germ destroyer."

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Lost Memphis: T.G.I. Friday's

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Look! MORE Photos of the Nineteenth Century Club

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A Memphis Mystery: Where Were These Mosaics Displayed?

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Lost Memphis? Not Yet. Look at the Magnificent Interior of the Nineteenth Century Club While You Still Can.

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Yet Another Vance Lauderdale Imposter

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The Boys of Summer: Orgill Brothers 1945 City Championship Baseball Team

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Mystery Photo: The J.B. Murphy Store

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Lost Memphis: Messick High School

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Remembering the 1973 Jonesboro, Arkansas, Tornado

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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. 

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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