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Paging Vance Lauderdale

June 25, 2010 Leave a comment

… or any other history buff for that matter.

I just stumbled across this website, which purports to contain over 7 million photos and* 50,000 videos of royalty-free archival material. If you’re in to history or that sort of thing, this is basically porn.

I’ve collected a few of the Mempho-centric videos below. Since the site doesn’t allow embedding, you’re just going to have to follow the links if you want to look at some of this stuff.

Cotton Carnival Parade, 1957 – I went to the Cotton Carnival when I was a kid. It used to be a really, really big deal.

Cotton Carnival on the river, 1961 – This time with fireworks.

Miss America Pageant, 1947 – A Memphian won that year, and she sure is pretty. Bizarrely, there is also a man in drag in that video, and he is fabulous.

The Harahan Bridge, 1917 – One of my absolute favorite places on the planet, it looks essentially unchanged from almost a hundred years ago.

Memphis Tigers vs Tulane, 1960 – Go Tigers!

Kemmons Wilson, 1974 – One of Memphis’ most famous entrepreneurs talks about emerging information technology and his franchise operations.

Saving the best for last:

The Memphis Riverfront, 1917 – It’s amazing how many of those buildings are still standing.

* Apparently the photographs are merely stills taken from the videos. Bummer.

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