Memphis Moment: Photography of Early Memphis Faces

Memphis, TN – In 1843, Merriman and Clark opened the first permanent photo studio in Memphis. Anyone wanting an exact counterfeit presentment of themselves, their mother, lover, father, or friend could stop by the Watch Shop, witness the operations, and obtain an exact likeness. It required less than one-minute of the sitter's time, and, in all cases, the likeness was warranted.

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