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THE PEABODY By Scott Faragher & Katherine Harrington 210 Pages with around 200 vintage historic and current photos. Price: $19.95
`The Peabody Hotel’ was originally published by Arcadia in 2003. I was never satisfied with the book’s quality, production, or layout. Arcadia gave us a release and the book was completely reworked with dozens of additional images, and the information deleted by the original editor restored. Deathcat Media published it in 2018.
By 1869 Memphis had largely recovered from the Civil War and was poised to become the most important city in the South. When the first Peabody opened that same year at Main & Monroe, a tradition of elegance began which continues to this day with the current, second, 1925 Peabody. Between 1925 and 1960, the fame of the Peabody as `The South’s Finest, One of America’s Best’ became firmly established with its famous ducks, rooftop dancing to the top national acts of the day, and its exotic Skyway. But like many downtown hotels in the post WW II era, the Peabody suffered from the rise of suburbia, the basic end of rail passenger traffic, and a desire for everything new and modern. The Peabody was bought and sold several times before closing its doors, seemingly forever. But Memphis real estate mogul Jack Belz had other ideas, and after a hard fought, expensive, and time consuming effort lasting almost a decade, succeeded in fully restoring The Peabody, and revitalizing downtown Memphis in the process.
This interesting, informative book, by Scott Faragher & Katherine Harrington, the second in the Historic Hotel Series, contains nearly 200 images and photographs and traces the remarkable history of `The South’s Grand Hotel’ from its earliest days, into the present.
THE PIGEON DROP By Scott Faragher 296 pages with 28 photographs. Price: $14.95
Marduk, the Supreme Leader of the powerful Secret Chiefs addressed the Councilmembers with the very ominous words, “Gentlemen, the earth needs to take a big crap and excrete these vile, disgusting, filthy, human rodents once and for all. They were fine as slave laborers when we created them to mine Rotanium on this planet. Since we no longer require that substance, they are, in effect, redundant. We will destroy this place with a one dimensional death star which will become three dimensional when it enters this galaxy. Their ignorant so-called scientists will think it an illusion, until it’s too late. Time factor? Three weeks. These disgusting wretches must be exterminated !”
VIGNETTES FROM THE MODERN ERA By Scott Faragher. 140 pages with 37 photographs. Price: $14.95
Why Modern’? Because all are a series of events, snapshots, so to speak, with a specific beginning and end. And yet, nothing happens within a vacuum. Everything is interconnected. And why `Modern’? The present is always the modern era and post modern would therefore technically be, the future. But the modern in time, soon becomes the archaic. The fifty or so short stories included are true and happened to, or were witnessed by the author, and, or, persons he has known. They are what they are.
I look at these happenings in much the same way I look at a photograph, something fixed permanently in time, something defined by light, or its absence, and shutter speed. Everything which exists within a specific moment in time is ultimately part of a larger continuum, which hopefully survives, somehow, somewhere, despite its dissolution here.
“Don’t worry too much about the author. It is sufficient to know that he wrote the material included herein.” D.R. Twine, MD
THE ARLINGTON RESORT HOTEL & SPA By Scott Faragher & Katherine Harrington 167 pages, with 135+ current and vintage photographs and images Price: $19.95
With its footprints in three centuries, the historic 500 room Arlington Hotel is one of America’s grand hotels. Originally built as a wood structure in 1875, the first hotel was replaced with a magnificent new all brick Arlington Hotel in 1893. It was designed to accommodate patrons from around the world who regularly visited Hot Springs National Park in search of cures for various ailments, or just to relax. It truly rivaled any hotel in America at the time, and patrons would often stay for weeks or months at a time. By 1920 Hot Springs was one of America’s most desirable resort destinations, with dozens of hotels catering to all classes of society. Sadly, a tragic fire destroyed the beautiful second Arlington in 1923. For a few brief days it looked like that was the end of the Arlington, which like the original, was located at the top of Bath House Row, literally within Hot Springs National Park. But the hotel was so popular and its owners so respected that financing was quickly arranged to build the even more massive and elegant 1924 Arlington, which still stands today at the top of Bath House Row, only now on private land. One can honestly state that Bath House Row begins outside its front door. All of the formerly grand hotels of Hot Springs, like the gigantic Eastman, and the Majestic are gone now, but the Arlington proudly remains This interesting and informative book by Scott Faragher & Katherine Harrington traces the history of the world famous Arlington from 1875, to the elegant 1893, through the fire which destroyed it to the current 1924 Arlington.