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Tim Hollis

Timothy Lynn Hollis (born March 12, 1963 in Birmingham) is a historian of popular culture, and the author of 21 books on widely-varying topics.

Hollis was born at Carraway Methodist Hospital to Mr and Mrs Lynn Hollis of Dora. He attended Bagley Junior High where his father was a teacher. He graduated from Corner High School in 1980. He graduated with a mass communications degree from UAB in 1984.

Hollis worked as an editor for several years before completing his first book, a biography of television personality "Cousin Cliff" Holman, in 1991. His next book, published by the University of Mississippi Press, was a pioneering historical look at Southern tourism entitled Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun. The book became one of that press' most successful releases and opened the door to several follow-up volumes presenting different facets of Hollis' wide-ranging nostalgic interests.

In addition to writing and collecting, Hollis gives presentations to elementary school groups on creative writing. He is also a contributor to Birmingham Rewound and was a guest at the Alabama Bound author's events at the Birmingham Public Library in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007. In 2008 Hollis expanded his home in Dora, already overfilled with books, artifacts and ephemera, with an adjoining two-level Hollis Museum of Popular Culture, which is open to the public by appointment.

In 2015 Hollis wrote and produced a television series, "The 30-Minute Tim Hollis Hour," based on characters he created in the 1970s for stories and comics, and revived in the 1990s for a creative writing program. Four episodes aired on the Alabama Cable Network's public access channel. In 2020 the project was resumed as a web series entitled, "The Weird World of Tim Hollis," which also includes a public domain cartoon short and a feature where Hollis shows off artifacts from his museum.


  • Hollis, Tim (March 1991) Cousin Cliff: 40 Magical Years in Television. Birmingham: Campbell's Publishing. ISBN 0962879800
  • Hollis, Tim (April 1999) Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578061180
  • Hollis, Tim (November 2001) Hi There Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578063965
  • Hollis, Tim (February 2004) Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578066271
  • Hollis, Tim (April 2005) Birmingham's Theater and Retail District. Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738517771
  • Hollis, Tim (February 2006) Glass Bottom Boats and Mermaid Tails. Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811732666
  • Hollis, Tim & Greg Ehrbar (May 2006) Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578068495
  • Hollis, Tim (July 2006) Birmingham Broadcasting. Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738542717
  • Hollis, Tim (October 2006) Six Flags Over Georgia. Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738543586
  • Hollis, Tim (May 2007) The Land of the Smokies: Great Mountain Memories. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578069440
  • Hollis, Tim (April 2008) Vintage Birmingham Signs. Arcadia Press. ISBN 073855376X
  • Hollis, Tim (May 2008) Ain't That a Kneeslapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1934110736
  • Hollis, Tim (November 2008) Selling the Sunshine State: A Celebration of Florida Tourism Advertising. University of Florida Press. ISBN 0813032660
  • Hollis, Tim (April 2009) See Rock City: The History of Rock City Gardens. History Press. ISBN 1596295775
  • Hollis, Tim (June 2009) Stone Mountain Park. Images of America Series. Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738568236
  • Hollis, Tim (July 2010) Christmas Wishes: A Catalog of Vintage Holiday Treats & Treasures . Stackpole Books. ISBN 0811705072
  • Hollis, Tim (November 2010) Pizitz: Your Store History Press. ISBN 1596299932
  • Hollis, Tim (July 25, 2011) Lost Attractions of Sevier County. Images of America Series. Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738587621
  • Hollis, Tim (October 2011) Wish You Were Here: Classic Florida Motel and Restaurant Advertising. University of Florida Press. ISBN 0813036836
  • Hollis, Tim (July 2012) Loveman’s: Meet Me Under the Clock. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781614236122
  • Hollis, Tim (September 2012) Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Characters of the Baby Boom Era. University of Florida Press. ISBN 9780813041490
  • Hollis, Tim (March 12, 2013) See Alabama First: A History of the State’s Tourism Industry. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781614238836
  • Hollis, Tim (March 18,2014) Memories of Downtown Birmingham: Where All the Lights Were Bright. The History Press. ISBN 9781626192218
  • Hollis, Tim (November 16, 2015) Christmas in Birmingham. The History Press. ISBN 9781626197022
  • Hollis, Tim (2015) Toons in Toyland: The Story of Cartoon Character Merchandise. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781626745001
  • Hollis, Tim (2015) The Minibook of Minigolf. Seaside Publishing. ISBN 9780942084948
  • Hollis, Tim (2016) The Land of Oz. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781467124522
  • Hollis, Tim (2016) Remembering Florida Springs. Seaside Publishing. ISBN 9780942084542
  • Hollis, Tim (May 2017) Rock City. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781439660393
  • Hollis, Tim (December 18, 2017) Stuckey’s. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781540227737
  • Hollis, Tim (2018) Lost Attractions of Silver Springs. History Press. ISBN 9781467139564
  • Hollis, Tim (April 15, 2019) Lost Attractions of Alabama. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781439666630
  • Hollis, Tim (2020) Lost Attractions of the Smoky Mountains. History Press. ISBN 9781467144124
  • Hollis, Tim (March 2021) Lost Attractions of Georgia. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781540246455
  • Hollis, Tim (January 17, 2022) Lost Attractions of Florida’s Miracle Strip. History Press. ISBN 9781540250896
  • Hollis, Tim (2022) Vintage Tennessee Signs. History Press. ISBN 9781467151801
  • Hollis, Tim (July 24, 2023) Lost Attractions of the Ozarks. Arcadia Press. ISBN 9781439678336
  • Hollis, Tim (January 29, 2024) Vintage Alabama Signs. History Press. ISBN 9781467156110


  • Haden, Courtney (March 1, 2012) "Time's Keeper: Making and Awakening Memories With a Visit to the Tim Hollis Collection." Weld for Birmingham
  • Cohron, Jennifer (November 17, 2019) "'The Weird World of Tim Hollis' to debut next year" Daily Mountain Eagle
  • Cohron, Jennifer (September 12, 2020) "'The Weird World of Tim Hollis' premiers as web series." Daily Mountain Eagle

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