Last week we started a discussion on Elvis Scrapbooks and took a look at the first six pages of one I recently borrowed. 50s teenagers enjoyed compiling Elvis items in organized scrapbooks. It should come as no surprise to you that Col. Parker saw the fad for Elvis scrapbooks and marketed a few to meet this demand. Of course, there was no shortage of newspaper and magazine articles to cut out and past in the books. Here are three scrapbooks that went on sale early in Elvis’ career.
Zippered 3-Ring Elvis Scrapbook
The Elvis scrapbook we looked at last week was totally a home-made endeavor. Here are the next four pages with a few comments.
Page 7 gets into older Elvis – a shot from the ’68 Comeback Special, a color Jumpsuit shot (probably from a magazine) and two black-and-white jumpsuit newspaper photos Finally, there is the second Priscilla picture. It is another look at Priscilla around the time she parted with Elvis. Although it’s not full page like the first one, it does have a nice caption: “Friends say he never got over their divorce – and never stopped loving her.”
Page 8 is a real hodge-podge of pictures. We get a shot of Elvis on the set of Flaming Star with an unidentified woman, probably a fan. Then, yet another picture of Elvis and Natalie Wood. The caption reports that Wood said Elvis had almost mystical beliefs. At the bottom of the page, Elvis hangs out with film crew on location. Too bad they didn’t say what movie it was. Next, we get our second look at Lisa Marie, perhaps a little older than in the earlier photo. Finally, we get the scrapbook’s third shot of Priscilla, and she looks young in all of them. Priscilla was twenty-eight when she and Elvis divorced, and it would seem all these photographs were taken shortly after that.
Page 9 is a strange one. The three newspaper photos are nothing unusual. You can see the date 9/12/77 written on the picture of Elvis performing, so it appeared in the weeks after his death. The photo on the right side seems to be from Viva Las Vegas. And the bottom one says, “Elvis leaves a concert in a flurry of action and tension.”
The newspaper article is sort of interesting. It quotes Richard Fulcher of the Brentwood Historical Society in Tennessee, who traced Elvis lineage through eleven generations.. He states that Elvis father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all struggled as sharecroppers in the Mississippi bottom land. It was during Reconstruction after the Civil War that the fortunes of Elvis great-great-grandfather turned for the worse and he moved his family to Mississippi.
According to Mr Fulcher, things were much better for the earlier generations of Presleys, who lived in Tennessee.
Page 10: This does not look like a casual photo snapped at random. I know it was done during a professional session, because I have another pose in the same outfit.
In these shots, Priscilla is twenty-eight or so, and she has an appearance that is different from both the early black hair and heavy makeup period and the mature period when she appeared on Dallas on TV and the Naked Gun movies. I’ll go out on a limb and say her peak of beauty was at the time of these photos.
More Elvis Scrapbook stories to come.
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