...The Capital of the Mississippi Valley, 1922


This book of Memphis photos and facts was published by the Memphis Chamber of Commerce in 1922.  The contents are similar to their previous publications - a photo book of all that's good about their city.  The book includes early photos of Main Street, hotels, theatres, buildings, businesses, parks, churches, and homes.  It's all designed to make Memphis desirable for companies and individuals who are interested in moving  to the area.   From the book:  "The Memphis Chamber of Commerce, which issues this booklet, devotes its efforts to the development of every phase of commercial, financial, industrial, civic, and social life of the city.  Whatever will benefit Memphis commands its active interest".   



Thanks to the University of Memphis Libraries,  Special Collections  for allowing us to scan and  post the complete book.



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Thanks to the University of Memphis Libraries, Special Collections  for allowing us to scan and  post the complete book.

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The "Historic-Memphis" website would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their contributions which helped make this website possible:  Memphis Public Library, Memphis University Library, Memphis Law Library, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Press Scimitar, Shelby County Register of Deeds, Memphis City Schools, Memphis Business Men's Club, Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Memphis City Park Commission, Memphis Film Commision, Carnival Memphis, Memphis Historical Railroad Page, Memphis Heritage Inc, Beale Street Historic District, Cobblestone Historic District, Memphis Historic Districts, Vance Lauderdale Family Archives, Tennessee State Archives, Library of Congress, Kemmons Wilson Family, Richard S. Brashier, Lee Askew, George Whitworth, Woody Savage and many individuals whose assistance is acknowledged on the pages of their contributions.  Special thanks to Memphis Realtor, Joe Spake, for giving us carte blanche access to his outstanding collection of contemporary Memphis photos.

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