In 1979, Memphis artist Tom Foster drew a series of cartoon postcards for the Pink Palace. Foster is an accomplished local artist who had drawn courtroom trials, album covers, comic books and theater sets. He trained at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Memphis and Memphis College of Art. After school, Foster worked … More Tom “Midtown is Memphis” Foster Draws the Palace
In the summer of 1934, Clarence Saunders had seen his second fortune vanish with the bankruptcy of his “Clarence Saunders Sole Owner of Name” stores. A well-dressed, suave, continental gentleman with impeccable manners and letters of introduction approached him with an intriguing story. The man, Armgaard Karl Graves, was a well-known celebrity of sorts who … More Clarence Saunders and the German Spy
The following news article was published in the January 7, 1928 edition of The New York Times: ‘Three Ghostmen’ Demand $5,500 From Saunders and Warn of ‘Most Brutal Crime.’ Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 6 (AP)- Warned in a letter today that “the most brutal crime ever committed” would result if he failed to leave $5,500 … More Chain Store Head Defies Death Threat
In November 1953, a group of high school boys formed the Memphis Astronomical Society. They gathered monthly at the Memphis Museum to hold astronomy programs and then look at stars from the museum lawn. Their programs were open to the public and anyone over the age of 12 could join the club. One of the … More A Planetarium for Memphis
In the 1920s, Clifford Davis was a Memphis lawyer who wanted to enter politics. He ran for a judgeship and won with the support of the Memphis Klavern of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1940, political boss Edward Hull Crump chose Davis to fill a vacant seat in the United States House of Representatives. The … More Extra! Shooting in Congress!