Edited 11/4/2014: The giveaway portion of this post is closed. Congrats to our winner, Gigi!
We are thrilled today to help Caitlin L. Horton and Rebecca Phillips kick off the launch of their new book, Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner. This fun book celebrates the southern tradition of hand-painted signs with stunning illustrations and text that explores the individual history of the signs.
Memphis Type History is currently available for pre-order, and if you place your order by November 2, you’ll receive a signed copy, along with special bonus gifts of Rebecca’s artwork with your book! You can place a pre-order here. In addition, Caitlin and Rebecca have offered to give away one copy of the book, so be sure to get the details at the end of this post!
Caitlin, an independent marketing and design consultant, and Rebecca, an artist and graphic designer, met in Memphis in 2011. Their collaboration was initially inspired by photographer Jeremy Greene’s documentary series exploring the signage of the city. Caitlin and Rebecca were kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
How did you get the idea for Memphis Type History?
Rebecca: Memphis Type History sort of emerged on its own. The project began with my friend, Jeremy Greene’s photograph series he called “Memphis Type,” where he took photographs of interesting signs and graffiti around the city. I loved what he was doing and had been looking for a way back into painting. I thought this would be a fun subject matter to paint so, with his permission, I began an acrylic series called “Memphis Type Illustrated.” A few years later, the paintings caught some attention and Caitlin and I were given the opportunity to create a book of history on these landmarks. It made sense to continue on with the Memphis Type theme and called the project “Memphis Type History.”
spans 20 feet from one of the neon arms to the other. Rebecca Phillips.
To celebrate the launch of Memphis Type History, Caitlin and Rebecca have offered to give away one book to a lucky Paprika Southern reader! It’s easy to enter–just use the widget below, and there are lots of ways to enter. The giveaway will run through midnight Monday, November 3 and we’ll announce a winner on Tuesday.
From the authors:
Tourists and Memphians alike whizz by dozens of signs everyday. If they could speak up and tell their story to us, it would open a whole new world of insight into the history and culture of Memphis.
In Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner, nineteen of these everyday signs are beautifully captured by painter Rebecca Phillips. Accompanying the artwork and historical photographs is the history behind the signs, as told by the people who experienced it.
Smell the fresh popcorn at the Lamar Theater, be soothed by the soulful atmosphere of Soulsville, U.S.A., and discover the scandalous history of a red neon lady. From the building with unexplained bumps in the night to the evolution of whole neighborhoods, you’ll discover intriguing stories from around the corner that will make your next drive in Memphis more meaningful than you’d ever imagined.
Memphis Type History is a lovely hardcover book measuring 7.5 x 9.25 inches. From the cover to the inside pages, Rebecca’s artwork and hand lettering are a treat for the eyes. The 154 pages feature the stories of Memphis alongside artwork by Rebecca, photography by Jeremy Greene, and historical images from lovely libraries and kind Memphians. Explorers will find a hand-drawn map of the Memphis Type History landmarks created just for them by Rebecca. May this map treat you to many wonderful discoveries of Memphis.
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dancing lady signs. Rebecca Phillips.
Soulsville Foundation which seeks to preserve and enrich the Soulsville history and
community. Rebecca Phillips.