In the early 20th century, the 15-block neighborhood supported a thriving collection of hotels, pool halls, saloons, barbershops, theaters, gambling dens, churches, blues halls, and juke joints. By mid-century, following social strife and urban renewal projects, little remained of the original neighborhood. In the nick of time, in the 1980s, the city realized the area's potential and embarked on recapturing the magic of Beale Street.
This volume of vintage images represents one of the most interesting visual records of the city’s people and places available, captured in 200 historical photographs and accompanied by insightful captions. Action scenes of urban life depict the busy streets, fine buildings, beautiful parks, and thriving commerce of pre–World War II Memphis. Within these pages, the city’s heritage and diversity are reflected in a variety of photographic essays, including the annual Mid-South Fair and Historic Beale Street.
Memphis in Vintage Postcards
This book, containing over 175 vintage postcards, invites readers to see one of the South’s most historic cities as it looked in the earlier part of the 20th century—a time when the city was experiencing unparalleled growth. Included in this treasure of visual history are scenes of early river commerce, historic hotels such as the Peabody Hotel and Hotel Claridge, as well as examples of the rapid development of downtown, showcasing Beale Street, Madison Avenue, and Main Street.">