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VOL. 7 | NO. 7 | Saturday, February 08, 2014

February 7-13: This week in Memphis history

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1950: Among the new merchant licenses listed in The Daily News, Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Ave. The owner of the recording service was a sound engineer for WREC radio who had decided to branch out into making recordings for whoever hired out his studio or hired him to bring his equipment to their event. His name was Sam Phillips. And he would soon add his own independent record label to the business, Sun Records.

On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division was expanding its central shops at Beale and Myrtle streets in a $225,000 project that included a modern paint shop.

1944: County Court Clerk Marvin Pope announced that effective April 1, car owners in the county would pay the same fee for renewal of car tags, but they would get just one license plate for the back of a car instead of two for the front and back. The effort was billed as an effort to save metal for the war effort. The war was making its presence known in other ways. New car tires were also being rationed. And starting that February only drivers holding gas rations good for 601 miles per month could get new tires with exceptions made for “highly essential occupations.” Also, Joy Cayler and her Swinging Coeds – “an all-girl” band – had recently played the Balinese Ballroom at the Hotel Claridge.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 67 536 13,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 103 3,031

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