MEMPHIS in Pictures . The Thirties


The original title of this book was "Memphis in Pictures" and was published by George C. Bridges in 1940.  It was republished in 1985 by the Don Lancaster Co and "The Thirties" was added to the title.  The photos are by W. Hayley and Frank Hitchings, and represent every aspect of Memphis life in the late 30s.  There are 140 pages in the book and all but 2 pages are identical to the original book.  The controversial caption on the last photo has been changed to one which is now more acceptable. 


We have tried to locate the publisher and the photographers without success.  Periodically this book will appear for sale at Amazon or at Used Book stores.  This book is in the collection of Dave French.


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  ... Collection Dave French  


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