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Memphis Revisited: 1910

Memphis Revisited: 1910

Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1910. "Main Street north from Gayoso Avenue." Our second look at the Hotel Gayoso and flower shop next door. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Gayoso honeymoon

My grandparents honeymooned at the Gayoso in 1911. They eventually had nine children, of which my mother was the youngest. The Campbell farm was in Giltedge TN, Tipton County. I have the ashtray souvenir that was purchased at the time in the original shadow box frame. The old hotel is now upscale apartments.

Is this where Victoria shopped?

Silverware, Glassware, Dinnerware, Housewares, I've never heard of Queensware - what was it?


You can see a lady all the way on the right. She is wearing a simpler skirt with a shorter hem, a precursor to the very cropped 1920s styles? She is still wearing a tailored jacket over a corset but it is a far cry from the S-bend style with pigeon breast.

Things haven't changed

The sharpest dressed man on the block is going to the roadster! He's probably one of the movers and shakers in Memphis circa 1910.

Newfangled contraptions

Dobbin is slowly giving way to the horseless carriages that are more and more taking on the appearance of serious automobiles, and in fact is outnumbered in this photo although probably not in totality. That snazzy little job on the front left (maybe a Hupmobile by the radiator script) predicts the lines of the sporty cars of 55 years in the future with its two seats, long hood, short rear and low-slung chassis compared to the behemoths on the rest of the block.


Below is the same view from August of 2008. This is looking north from Peabody Place.

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