‘Sputnik’ sign returns to spin at Joe’s Wines in Midtown

By , Daily Memphian Published: May 28, 2021 5:37 PM CT
<strong>Balton Sign Co. crew members&nbsp; reinstall Joe&rsquo;s Wines &amp; Liquor&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sputnik&rdquo; business sign on Friday, May 28.&nbsp;The 59-year-old sign was given its nickname because it looks a bit like the world&rsquo;s first satellite, Sputnik, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Balton Sign Co. crew members reinstall Joe’s Wines & Liquor’s “Sputnik” business sign on Friday, May 28. The 59-year-old sign was given its nickname because it looks a bit like the world’s first satellite, Sputnik, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

The Roto-Sphere has been repaired and reinstalled in front of Joe’s Wines & Liquor in Midtown.

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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey covers business news for The Daily Memphian. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He's worked in journalism for 40 years and has lived in Midtown for 36 years.


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