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July 25, 2011

Vintage Dresses And The Pink Palace In Memphis

By RetroRuth

I still have a TON of pictures to show you from the road trip that we took to Texas this spring!  I was sorting through them recently, trying to organize them into posts, when I stumbled across the photos from the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. As soon as I found all the pictures Tom and I had taken,  I knew I had to show them to you guys right away.


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Pink Palace Museum, the story of this house goes something like this: Clarence Saunders, the founder of Piggly Wiggly, decided in 1922 that he was going to build a huge mansion faced with pink Georgia marble.


Construction went along at a good clip until 1923, when Saunders lost his fortune and his “Pink Palace” was taken by his creditors. The company that ended up with the Pink Palace had no idea what to do with it, so they donated it, unfinished, to the city of Memphis. The city ended up finishing construction on the Palace in 1930 and turning the huge entry way into a very impressive lobby for a really great museum.


Today it is still a great museum, complete with IMAX theater, and is really beautiful  inside. All the creamy stone on the interior makes it very light and bright.


Here I am just hanging out while Tom snapped the pictures. I was really trying to be patient, because I had already seen a glimpse of the exhibit in the next room…


…debutant’s dresses and costumes from the 1950’s!


Umm…yes, please.



The fur trim on this dress is such an amazing touch. It made me all swoon-y. I had to fight the urge to pick up this dress, shake out all the wrinkles and then turn and run out with it.


This pretty vintage kitchen was part of the Memphis culture exhibits. I just loved the minty green of that stove!

Stay tuned for more from the road trip, and even more from the fun Pink Palace!If you missed some of the other fun stuff, you can see our trip to Route 66 in IL, Cozy Dog, pink bathrooms in Kansas , the Toy and Action Figure Museum and Show Daily in Texas.

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6 Responses to Vintage Dresses And The Pink Palace In Memphis

  1. Sharon Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Oh heavens, those dresses! I’m surprised that the photo of you isn’t just a streak of color as you dove head first into that exhibit!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful! It’s so sad that he didn’t get to live in it at all. I’m glad it was turned into a place that people could enjoy though. I’d love to have a marble house (um, not that it’s going to happen). They stay so cool on the inside.

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

    The dresses! EEEK! Especially the yellow one with flowers…
    I can only take comfort in the fact that they all probably have 25 inch waists.

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    What a fantastic looking place…….totally dreamy. I’ll take that tulle ballgown dress, and that lovely red velvet dress and……and………….and……….. 🙂

  5. Andrea Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    OMG, those dresses! I am totally swooning over here …

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