... Souvenir Illustration-Book of Memphis


This book of Memphis Illustrations was published in 1945 by Universal Hi-Lites Co*.  The illustrations are primarily by Frank L. Miller (1900-1988), a prominent Memphis artist of the period.  Frank worked as a commercial artist for J. P. Clancey Real Estate Company, in the Exchange Building.  Additional works are by Elizabeth Embry, who was Frank's private secretary, and Earl Mathews, who was Frank's assistant.  The book is similar to the type published by a Chamber of Commerce which shows the major attractions of a city - only in this book they are illustrations instead of photos.


Thanks to Dave French for allowing us to scan and to post his book on this website.


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Click on the small photos to see full screen photos of each page.

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Frank L. Miller with his painting of "Whistler's Father" . 1969

Page 20 Back Cover - -

* We have tried, without success, to locate the Universal Hi-Lites Company.  Their name does not come up in an internet "search" and they are not listed in the 1943-47 Memphis directories.



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