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The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations

 
 
The Commercial Appeal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
1. The Commercial Appeal Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
The Commercial Appeal

This newspaper began in 1839 as THE WESTERN WORLD & MEMPHIS BANNER OF THE CONSTITUTION. In 1840 Col. Henry Van Pelt bought and renamed it THE MEMPHIS APPEAL. During the Civil War it published on the run from Union Troops. Because of this loyal effort to keep printing, it was nicknamed “Old Reliable”. When the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic reduced the entire staff to only two, THE APPEAL never missed an issue. An 1890 merger created THE APPEAL-AVALANCHE. A later merger brought THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL to the masthead on July 1, 1894. It became a part of the Scripps Howard newspapers in 1936.
(See other side)

(side 2)
Publishing Locations

Beginning in a wooden building on the Wolf River bank, THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL and its ancestors have had various homes. In 1845 THE APPEAL was located over Browning's Grocery at Poplar & Main. In 1860 the prospering newspaper built its own building at Union & Front. During the Civil War it published from Grenada, Jackson & Meridian, MS; Montgomery, AL; and Atlanta & Columbus, GA. Back in Memphis its homes included the Appeal Building at Main & Jefferson, and in 1894 the building at the SE corner of Second & Court. In 1932 it bought The Ford Motor plant, located on these premises
Publishing Locations Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
2. Publishing Locations Marker
and demolished after completion of this building in 1977.
(see other side)

 
Erected 1987 by The Commercial Appeal and The Shelby County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 35° 8.353′ N, 90° 2.488′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Union Avenue (U.S. 70, 79) 0.1 miles east of South Lauderdale Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Railroad in West Tennessee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hunt-Phelan Home (about 700 feet away); George W. Lee (about 800 feet away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Franklin Booth (approx. mile away); Universal Life Insurance Building/Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  The Commercial Appeal. (Submitted on May 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
The Commercial Appeal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
3. The Commercial Appeal Marker

 
Categories. CommunicationsWar, US Civil
 
The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations Marker & Old Betsy image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
4. The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations Marker & Old Betsy
"Old Betsy" image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
5. "Old Betsy"
This Washington style handpress is symbolic of early day printing. Displayed here as a tribute to the newspapers published in Memphis since 1840. "Old Betsy" gave many years of service as a printing press before being retired in 1940. She deserves her retirment to this spot of rest and recognition. THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL MEMPHIS PRESS - SCIMITAR
City Beautiful image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
6. City Beautiful
This plaque is awarded to THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL in recognition of their continuing effort to beautiful our community. Given with appreciation by Memphis City Beautiful Commission May, 1989
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   6. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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