Memphis in Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

Before cameras and photographers, there were skilled artists who were tasked with providing detailed images to accompany the news.  And since photographs of Memphis in the 19th century are fairly rare, we rely on these sketches and drawings to tell us about what Memphis looked like in its early history.

The Illustrations from Harper’s Weekly Newspaper and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper collection contains numerous images (and news articles) from the second half of the 19th century, covering events in Memphis and the surrounding areas.  We’ve added some of them to Dig Memphis and we hope you enjoy!

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One response to “Memphis in Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

  1. Those look like places I would like to live because of the character development.

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