Pen and Sunlight Sketches of GREATER MEMPHIS 1911


This 125 page book was compiled, illustrated and published by The American Illustrating Company of Memphis in 1911.  The book is subtitled, "The Most Progressive Metropolis of the South" along with a paragraph of what you can expect to see in the book: "A glance at her history.  A review of her commerce.  A description of her business enterprises, with illustrations of her public and commercial buildings, beautiful residences and hotels, residence and business streets, parks and points of interest in and about the city" .  The Chamber of Commerce would be proud to claim this book.

A mystery:  The book jumps from page 3 to page 38 - yet there is no gap or jump in the text.

  George Whitworth


< Sincere thanks to George Whitworth, Memphis Attorney-Historian-Collector, for allowing us to scan and post his book >



Cover Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

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


Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41

Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45

Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49

Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53

Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57

Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61

Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65

Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69

Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73

Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77

Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81

Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85

Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89

Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93

Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97

Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101

Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105

Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109

Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113

Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117

Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121

Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125

Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129

Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133
Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137

Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141

Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145

Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149

Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153

Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157

Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Back Cover

 Please visit the website that sponsors this page

Historic Memphis Website




The Historic-Memphis website does not intentionally post copyrighted photos and material without permission or credit.  On occasion a "non-credited" photo might possibly be posted because we were unable to find a name to give credit.  Because of the nature of our non-commercial, non-profit, educational website, we strongly believe that these photos would be considered "Fair Use.  We have certainly made no monetary gain, although those using this website for historic or Genealogy research have certainly profited.  If by chance, we have posted your copyrighted photo, please contact us, and we'll remove it immediately, or we'll add your credit if that's your choice.  In the past, we have found that many photographers volunteer to have their works included on these pages and we'll  also do that if you contact us with a photo that fits a particular page. 


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.

We do not have high definition  copies of the photos on these pages.  If anyone wishes to secure high definition photos,  you'll have to contact the photographer  or the collector.  (To avoid any possibility of contributing to SPAM, we do not maintain a file of email addresses for anyone who contacts us).