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About this collection

A collection of historically significant images acquired from the Pink Palace Museum in 1976, the Pink Palace Collection features a wide variety of wonderful photographs. From the construction of the Harahan Bridge to portraits of Native Americans, there is a little bit of everything. We owe our deepest gratitude to volunteer Becky Muska, who worked so diligently to digitize this collection in its entirety and to solve some of the mysteries contained within it.

 

Becky has been kind enough to identify a few of the more common themes in this collection for us:

 

Mayor Family HomeThe Mayor Family - Becky discovered that 665 of the unmarked photos were actually from the same family.  Using clues in the photographs themselves, she was able to piece together the story of the Mayor Family.  Read more about the family on our blog.

 

Portrait of a man in a hatPortraits - Mostly unknown subjects, but there are a few faces you might recognize: W.C. Handy, Jefferson Davis, and Richard Nixon, amongst others.  Can you help us identify the rest?

 

Downtown From AboveDowntown Memphis - Buildings, streets, parades, firefighters fighting fire and even a few aerial shots thrown in for good measure. Images range from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth.

 

Construction of the Harahan BridgeBridges - Lots of shots of the bridges in and around Memphis, but most significant are the images of the construction of the Harahan Bridge in the 1910s.

 

Three young Native American menNative Americans - Almost exclusively portraiture.  Young and old, male and female, solo and in small groups.

Elizabethan Royal Ship

Ships - Most of the images in this group are illustrations or models of European ships from the 14th through 18th centuries.  A few modern warships are included as well.

 

Morning Roll CallMilitary - Images from the 19th and 20th centuries, with many unidentified locations and groups.  Also included are many images related to the Confederacy.

 

Interior of a Piggly Wiggly storePiggly Wiggly - Included are photographs of the standard furniture pieces which were present in many of the original grocery stores.

 

Mississippi and Wolf RiversMississippi River - Several unique views of the river, along with images of steamboats and riverboats and floods.

 

A baseball teamBaseball - Portraits of players and teams from high school, club and professional leagues, along with a few images of early parks in Memphis.

 

Men in tights.Tri-State Fair - Images from the Fairgrounds during the first years of the 20th century.

 

Memphis Aviation SchoolAirplanes & Aviation - Early images of airplanes, aviators and a few plane crashes.  Also check out the images captured from those planes.

 

 

 

 

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