Founded on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee has been known as the city of "white gold" (for the cotton shipped from its waterfront), "home of the blues," and the "birthplace of rock 'n roll." Tourists from around the world flock to see historic Beale Street and no visit is complete without a tour of Graceland, Elvis Presley's home. In addition, Memphis has become a Mecca for historians and tourists interested in immersing themselves in the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. Over 250 vintage postcards, most from the early to mid-20th century, document the historic and nostalgic scenes of this important southern city. From the skyscrapers of its vital city-center, historic churches, and cultural centers to the noteworthy bridges, historic homes, and important waterfront areas, Memphis emerges as a dynamic city, determined to overcome the urban and economic hardships of the past. Today, visitors to Memphis find a welcoming and hospitable city, with a lifestyle that proudly embraces all that is most appealing about life in the American South.