Memphis Madison Avenue

 ...in Vintage Postcards and Photos

 

From the earliest days, Madison was known as "The Wall Street of Memphis" with the old Customs House at the end of the street on Front and the First National Bank of Memphis, chartered in 1864, at Madison and Third.  The Avenue has had some pretty impressive tenants during its history as well as being witness to historic events.  After the Civil War, Jefferson Davis made his career change from Confederate president to insurance salesman, on Madison, and operated his agency out of an office at Second and Madison.  His office was demolished and replaced in 1910 with the 22-story Exchange Building.  At the intersection of Main and Madison, Memphians witnessed the city's first electric streetlight in 1881.  And the University of Memphis began as a two year teacher's college on the corner of Main and Madison in 1912.

 

Madison was originally named "Madison Street".  Around 1910, Memphis reorganized their entire street numbering system and changed the name of all the North-South roads to "Street" and all East-West roads to "Avenue."  Madison begins at Front Street at the Old Customs House (University Memphis Law School) and runs east,  ending at East Parkway.

 
 

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Vintage Postcards of Madison Avenue ...

 
 

          Madison 1918

Madison  1907-10                       Madison 1907-10
 
 

         Main - Madison 1917

Exchange 1911

Sterick

Sterick

Madison 1950

 
 

Madison Circa 1910      Vintage Vintage 1907 Madison 1910
 
 

West 1914

From 3rd

Sterick-night

1925

1930

Looking West 1909

 
 

Vintage 1900 1905 Madison -Night
 
 

1911 1911

1906

1911

 
     
 
 
 
 
 

Vintage Photos of Madison Avenue ...

 
 

This is ,perhaps, the most famous photo of Madison Avenue ...  taken around 1907

 
 

1906

Main-Madison - 1912

1920

1938

 
 

1948         

Madison - 2nd 1950

Madison - YMCA

Madison - 2nd 1952

 
 

Old Customs House 1906

Looking West

1951

Between Manassas and Pauline

 
 

1883

1895 1900s

1910

1930s

 
 

Madison-Bellevue 1900s

1930s

1935

1950s

 
 

1923  Federal BAkery       

1941

1940s

1940s

 
 

              1927

1930

Vintage

1922

Toward Front Street    

 
 

<            The very busy intersection of Madison and Main ... Memphis 1912            >
 

1937

1908

1938

1891

1920s

 
     

Telegraph 1908       1930 Madison-Second
 
 
Madison Avenue ... Today
 

       
 
 

       
 

          


 
 
 

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