George Whitworth Collection

            ... Memphis History and Memorabilia

 

George Whitworth is a Memphis attorney and dedicated collector who has practiced law since 1963.  His passion for history and collecting began when he was 12 years old after receiving an autographed photo of Alben Barkley, 35th Vice President of the U.S.  His family was also big on collecting - his Dad collected coins, his sister collected western art and artifacts, his Mother collected antiques, photos, etc.  Now, as he begins to think about "retirement" he still says his passion is for Memphis History, rare books, cappuccino, and football.  He has amassed an amazing collection of vintage photos, books, and memorabilia related to early Memphis.   Most of the collection has not been seen by the public - until now.   We are pleased that George has chosen to show selections from his collection on the Historic-Memphis.com website. 

  George Whitworth  
 

George Whitworth may be reached at 901-486-6436 or by email:  Januarytwentysix@msn.com

 
 

Click on the small photos to see full screen photos.


 

 

2015 Calendar

This 32 page calendar features a selection of previously unpublished photos of Historical Memphis from the George Whitworth collection. 
The Calendar may be freely downloaded for personal use.  Click on the small photo on the right,  to go to the 2015 calendar page.

 

Cover:  2015 Calendar

 


2014 Calendar:  Downloads of the 28 page George Whitworth 2014 calendar are also available.   The Calendar may be freely downloaded for personal use.  Click on the small photo on the right,  to go to the page.  >

 

Cover:  2014 Calendar

 



This article about George Whitworth appeared in
Memphis R.S.V.P Magazine. 
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http://issuu.com/rsvpmagazine/docs/feb11_digimag

 

R.S.V.P  -  FEB 2011

 

 
 
 

Rare Stereoscopic slides of early Memphis  

The first period of stereo photography began in 1851, shortly after the invention of the stereo camera.  Most stereoscopic methods involved two offset images which could be viewed separately.  When these two images were seen through a "viewer" they were combined in the brain, and then seen as one image with the perception of 3-D depth.

 

Main Street 1870 Memphis Street View 1870
   
   

Memphis Main Street Memphis Main Street with snow
 
 

1870s Beale Street

1891 Memphis Madison Avenue

 
 

1900s Snow-Court Square

Frozen Mississippi River

 
 

Roosevelt arrives Memphis 1907

Memphis Cobblestone Landing

 
 
 

More Stereoscopic slides of early Memphis 
 
The following group of photos are all stereoscopic slides - like the six stereoscopic photos above, but they are posted below as single-frame photos.  - Selections from the George Whitworth Collection

 
 

Roosevelt - 1907       

Grandstand 1904 1904 -Vanderbuilt Gayoso Room        The Great Bridge
         
         

"Home Life" 1899 King Cotton Elmwood Raleigh Springs Raleigh Springs
         
         

Unloading Cotton Wolf River Soldiers Cemetery Great Bridge        Stock Farm
         
         

Steamboat Steamboat Up river Thompson Dean         Memphis Landing
 
 
 
 

Vintage Photographs and Photo Cards

Thousands of photos are tossed out, lost, or forgotten every year.  So much history is right there in these vintage photos.  No description says it better.  We have benefited greatly  from the Collectors who have rescued these old "worthless" photos from the attics or the trash bins.  Although many are undated, it's often possible to date them based on objects or "something" in the background.
 - Selections from the George Whitworth Collection

 
 

 1924 Peabody under Construction

Grocery Kyle-Lamar

Softball Champs -1954

The Speedway

 
 

Sunken Gardens - Overton           

Sunken Gardens - Overton

Sears-Goldsmith truck

1912 Main-Madison

 
 

Vintage Mule Trolley       1909 Trolley- Cart 1909 Trolley - Pedestrian 1940s Peabody
 
 

Union Station

Deep Water 1907

Views 1907

Loeb's Delivery

Court Square - Winter      

 
 

Gillis Bros - Beale      

Beale Market 1907

Bowers Store No 27

Silver Moon Restaurant

 
 
Tony's Saloon - Beale St      C.C. Playground 1936 City Hospital City Hospital
       
       
St. Joseph's Hospital       Country Club 1906 Forrest Park - 1907 Higbee School 1907
 
 

Hotel Queen Anne Lennox Broom Co 1910
Porter Macon-Andrews
    Macon-Andrews Business
       
       
Medical College 1906      University School 1907 Hunt-Phelan 1836 Masonic Temple 1909
 
 

Shelby Court House
Courtsquare 1918 Porter 1906
Nelson Business College Fire Equipment 1936
 
 

University Club     

Arlington High 1925 Cobblestone Landing

       Conf. Park Esplanade

 
 

Court House Construction

Memphis Press Bldg.

Marine Hospital ???

John Pelegrin's Store

 
 

Beale Market c. 1940s Customs House Otto Zahn

Memphis Rescue Home

 
 

Geroge Whitworth and family - Overton Park Lake - 1948

Snow - Riverboats        

 
 

Irving Block Prison 1864

Howe Institute 1892 Coovert-Civil War Cannon Cannon in Park
 
       

Memphis High School 1908 Marcus Winchester Winchester Cemetery Coovert Ass't

Cordova Hotel

 
       

Union Station Park Comm 1916 Lt. Wm B. Ingram, jr. UT Doctors Team 1922

Henry Thisfeld 1873    

 

1912 flood 1912 flood Porter Bldg East End Park East End Park
 

S. C. Toof Bldg on 2nd

S. C. Toof in Office

S. C. Toof Employees

 Toof Employees-names

 

Hodges Field 1953 Bellevue JH Field 1953 Bellevue JH Field 1953 Bellevue JH 1953
       
Circa  1949-50        
  

 

Vintage Postcards

No one ever dreamed how important old postcards would eventually become in documenting history.  Welcome to the number one "collectible" in the world.  Don't throw those cards away!
 - Selections from the George Whitworth Collection
 
 

Fortune's Jungle Garden Peabody Green Beetle Peabody-Lyceum Ad The Helen Shop
 

 

Loew's State Auditorium    

Jeff Davis Home

Skyscraper

Alcazar Apartment-Hotel Gayoso-Fortune's
 
 

1911 Confederate Park

1905 Cossitt Library

1908 County Court House

1906 Hopkins Grand Opera

 
 

Rex Club

St. Peter's Orphanage

Lyceum Theatre

Peabody English Room

 
 

Central Baptist 1909     

Central Bap

2nd Pres.

Confederate Park 1908

Radio Service

 
 

1st Church Christ Scientist 1914   

1st Bartist 1909

1st Pres...

Calvary

Temple of...Israel

 
 

Bellevue Baptist 1946

St Mary's

St. Peters

Idlewild Presbyterian

Grace Street

 
 
Zoo Bear Pits  1911 UCV Reunion 1909 UCV Reunion 1909 White House Cafe
       
       
Country Club 1908 Elks Club 1906 Elmwood Cemetery 1910 First Hotel
 
 
Home for Aged Women       Hotel Gayoso 1908 James Sanitorium 1910 Home for Incurables 1913
       
       

Memphis 1908
TN Club 1908 Bry's 1909
Bry's 1914 Zoo Monkey House 1917
       
       
Medical Hospital 1910 St. Joseph's Hospital Chapel National Cemetery 1908 Britling's Interior
 
 
Cotton Gin 1912 Cotton Ttansport Memphis Landing 1909 Memphis Landing 1912
       
       
Memphis Landing 1916 Memphis Landing 1908 Memphis Landing 1905 Government Fleet 1908
       
       
Memphis Souvenir 1906       Race Track 1916 Mounted Police 1913           Fire Insurance Patrol
       
       
Old Courthouse 1906 Civic Center 1936 Courthouse Central Police Station
       
       
Zoo:  Interior Bird House       Zoo Reptile House Zoo Refreshment Pavilion O.P.  Bridge
 
 

O.P. Garden-Pagoda        W. TN  State Normal School WTS Normal President's Hse      Riverside Park Junction
 
Temple Baptist Sanctuary Windsor Hotel 1905 Custom House

American Legion Club Post 1

 
 
       
     

Memorabilia

Paper items are the first to be thrown away in any society.   Thankfully, some individuals saved these disposable items and collectors  have found them and preserved them for future generations. 
- Selections from the George Whitworth Collection

 

 

            1888 Fransioli Hotel

Craftsman 1919

1879 Memphis H.S. Diploma

1892 Bond - Grand Opera House   

 

               

 
 

<  ==     VERY RARE  - 1827 Memphis Letter, 2 pages  from a nephew to his Aunt     ==>

 
 
 

1920 Grammar Certificate 1909 MHS Graduation 1909 MHS Graduates

1899 Memphis High School Commencement

 
 
 

1955 Central Champs

1955 Sports Clipping 1955 Sports Clipping 1935 Tech Champs
 
 
 

1943 Sacred Heart Class

Kelly -Kathryn in Court Kelly Wanted Poster

1916 Park Comm Article

 
 
 

 

1953 Sports Clipping

  Prince Mongo 1961   1951 Sports Clipping
 
 
 
Theatre Programs ...
 

  1909 Program +

 1909 Program +

 1910 Program +  1908 Program +  1912 Program +  1914 Program +
 
 

Souvenir Edition of the Memphis Evening Scimitar 1891

The photos below were made from  negatives.   While the newspaper still exists, it's now so brittle that if you touch it or try to unfold the paper, it turns to dust.  In the newspaper are photos of some the most important men in Memphis during this period along with photos of many of their homes.
 

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Photo Books

These books are the type sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce describing all that's good about a city.  They contain vintage photos of every aspect of Memphis-Life in the earlier years.  The books below are all posted, along with other photo books, on the PHOTO BOOKS section of the Historic-Memphis website.   (Click on the book cover below to bring up the book).
- Selections from the George Whitworth Collection

 
 

Memphis Fall Festival 1911

Memphis 1907 -2

Memphis- 1926

     Memphis Greets You - 1914

 
 

Pen and Sunlight Sketches - 1911 Shelby Co TN - 1927 Piggly Wiggly -1919          Night in Memphis 1911
 
 
     
     Tennesseans - 1901      
       
 
 

Sincere thanks to George Whitworth, for allowing us to scan and post selections from his collection. 

He may be reached at 901-486-6436 or by email:  Januarytwentysix@msn.com


 
 
 
 

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