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Monarch Saloon Memphis Crewneck Sweater 

SKU:CREWMONARCH1300
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$45.90
 
 
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S 20" 26"
M 22" 27"
L 24" 28"
XL 26" 29"
2XL 28" 30"
3XL 30" 31"
4XL 32" 32"
5XL 34" 33"
Description
This extra comfortable sweatshirt is 8.5oz 80/20 cotton/polyester blend, with 100% cotton face (20 singles face yarn). It features a 1x1 ribbing at collar, cuffs and waistband, a tear-away label, and split stitch double needle sewing on all seams. The fit is very standard.

In a time when Memphis was known for tough establishments, The Monarch stood out as one of the most notorious. 

Operating since at least 1908 and closing in the 1950s, The Monarch was a rowdy, ornate gambling parlor, constructed to be “the finest in the South” at great expense by Memphis gangster Jim Kinnane. 

Filled with secret entrances, trap doors and seedy back rooms, The Monarch Club earned the nickname “The Castle of Missing Men”, because, rumor had it, a funeral home across the back alley would “disappear” bodies of victims, down-on-their-luck gamblers, trouble makers & debtors who got in over their heads. 

The club’s heyday existed at the same time B.B. King & Elvis Presley searched for paths into the music business while watching W.C. Handy, Furry Lewis & Bukka White perform on the street. Future gangster Machine Gun Kelly hung in front of The Monarch hocking prohibition-defying bottles of liquor. Robert Wilkins even wrote a song about The Monarch, “Old Jim Canan’s”.

The building still stands at 340 Beale Street, ironically now a Memphis Police sub-station. Which is probably good, because Beale Street during the time of The Monarch’s raucous reign would reportedly have ambulances lined up for a half mile to cart off the evening’s victims.

After The Monarch closed, it became a short-lived record label called House of Sound.