2022 Mysteries

We need your help! Below are images from our digital archive that are missing important details. See if you can help us fill in some of the gaps.  

DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES is a multi-week series of mysteries, all centered around a common theme. If you suggest an answer, please share with us how you solved the mystery. Include your name, and we’ll give you credit on the record in the DIG archives.  To keep up to date with all DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES, follow us on Instagram at @digmemphishistory

DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES is back! Today we’re kicking off our summer season of mysteries. One of DIG Memphis’ most interesting assortment of images can be found in the Pink Palace Photograph Collection. Acquired from the Pink Palace Museum in 1976, the collection includes a wide variety of photographs, most from the early 20th century.

Like we’ve done with the Memphis Streetscapes Collection, we’ll soon be adding coordinates and other geographic details to the images found in the Pink Palace Photograph Collection, and we need your help! Each week, we’ll be sharing one photograph from the collection to see if you can help us pinpoint where the photographer was standing when the photograph was snapped.


“Building”. Pink Palace Photograph Collection, DIG MEMPHIS (Digital ID: PP852)

The description accompanying this image only states, “Building with columns & four boys next to the steps.” Without any obvious identifying markers, like signs or letters, it’s not immediately clear where this building is/was located.

Can you help us determine what building this is and where it was located? If you have any ideas, please let us know in the comments box or click ‘Contact Us’ on DIG Memphis to provide any additional details you may know.

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Here are some resources that can help with your search.

City Directories 1849-1943 – Shelby County Registrar (link)

Commercial Appeal Archives 1894-Today – ProQuest (link)

Historic Shelby County – Aerial Maps (link)

Maps of Memphis (link)

Vehicle Registration Plates of TN – Wikipedia (link)