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Elvis’ First Guitar — Part 2

Elvis Presley's First Guitar in front of Picture

When I posted the article last weekend on Elvis’ first guitar, I had no idea of what was to follow. There were more favorable comments on this post than any other in a long time. For example, Collette C. sent in this:

Oh, this story was fantastic. I can see his mama grinning from ear to ear when she got her way. As a mom I know how she felt! I just love this blog. Thank you so much.

Selma S. had this to say:

Phil, I am relatively new to your blogs, and as a lifelong Elvis fan, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your email landing in my inbox.

Your dedicated research, your ability to write a logical story and your way of bringing the emotions to life are matched by the fresh information you bring.

As much as I appreciated these, I was more intrigued by this comment made by an unidentified member of the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club:

I believe Mr. Larry Moss of Memphis owns the original guitar.

Larry Moss at Tupelo Hardware with Elvis Presley's First Guitar.

Larry Moss with Elvis’ first guitar in Tupelo Hardware, June 2017, at Tupelo Elvis Festival

I replied to the comment and asked a few questions about Larry Moss. Within hours, I heard from him:

Great story and great due diligence. I am the person who owns the “Tupelo Special” guitar as some people call it… I’ll gladly discuss the details, if you’re interested…Larry Moss.

I jumped at the chance to learn more about Elvis’ first guitar, and Larry and I talked for an hour on Friday.

Larry Moss Collection 1

It turns out he and his wife Judy are major collectors of all sorts of Elvis memorabilia. They are kept in a secure, private location, but Larry has been known to let special people view his collection. When I get back to Memphis again, I will be thrilled to take up his offer for a guided tour.

Larry Moss and his wife started collecting back in 1973 when they got boxing champ Joe Frazier’s autograph on a dollar bill.

Elvis Presley's Contract with Col. Parker

Now Larry and Judy’s collection amounts to hundreds of Elvis items, a very eclectic mix. For example, Larry owns the original contract Elvis signed with Col. Parker in November 1955. Vernon and Gladys also signed because Elvis was a minor at the time.

 

There is an interesting history to Elvis’ first guitar between the time Elvis had it and today when it occupies a prime space in the Moss’ museum-like collection.

Red West And George Klein with Elvis first guitar

Red West and George Klein with Elvis’ first guitar

Elvis and the guitar were inseparable during his time in Tupelo, throughout high school in Memphis, at the first recording sessions at Sun records, and on the road performing early in his career. Back in the summer of 1955, Elvis and the band toured throughout the South. Red West was Elvis’ friend from their high school days, and Elvis asked him to travel with them. During off-time, Red took an interest in guitar playing, and Scotty Moore taught him the basics.

As the end of summer approached, Red told Elvis he would be leaving to attend Jones County Community College in Mississippi on a football scholarship. Elvis bought his friend a used Ford Model A or Modal T (a forerunner of things to come). By that time, Elvis had purchased better guitars, so he also gave his first guitar to Red so he could continue to master the instrument.

Red’s best friend and roommate in college was Ronnie Williams, another scholarship football player. He was a fan of Elvis because he liked all of the first Sun releases. Ronnie would talk to Red all the time about Elvis.

Even with a scholarship, Red found himself financially unable to stay in college. He sold the car for $50 and gave the guitar to Ronnie Williams. He later stated that the reason he did this was because Ronnie was such a big Elvis fan (plus Red couldn’t afford a case to properly carry it around). Red went back to work for Elvis as a bodyguard.

Shortly after that, Ronnie Williams transferred to Florida State. Later, he was killed (possibly shot by the police, details are fuzzy.) The guitar ended up with his brother, Bill Williams, who in 2011, tried to sell Elvis’ first guitar at Guernsey’s Auction House in New York.

Guernsey’s February 2016 Guitar Auction

Guernsey’s February 2016 Guitar Auction

The guitar had a minimum bid of $200,000, or possibly $250,000 (details are unclear), but no bidders wanted to pay that much for a guitar with absolutely no validation presented. There was no documentation to tie it to Elvis, particularly no photo of Elvis holding the guitar.

This is where the current owner, Larry Moss, came into the picture. He had an association with Guernsey’s Auctions from when they held the Archives of Graceland Auction in Las Vegas in 1999. Gurnsey’s Arlan Ettinger contacted Larry and gave him the name and phone number of the man who had put the guitar up at auction. Over several months, Larry Moss and Bill Williams negotiated, and finally, Larry Moss became the owner of Elvis’ first guitar.

He took a gamble, but had a connection he figured would help him prove the provenance of the guitar. His father played football at Humes High with Red West’s dad. Larry conducted interviews with Red in 2013 and 2014, and has nearly a half-hour of tape where Red provides valuable confirmation that the guitar is in fact Elvis’ first guitar. Larry is in negotiations with Graceland right now, so no more details can be given.

 

Scotty and Larry Moss with Guitars

Photo by James V. Roy

Larry Moss owns several other prized guitars. In the 2013 photo above, Scotty Moore holds a Gibson ES-295, the one he played when “That’s All Right, Mama” was recorded. This is Larry’s second most valuable guitar. You can spot it in the next photo (taken before Larry acquired Elvis’ guitar).

Larry Moss Collection Guitar Close-up

Photo by James V Roy

 

The collection also includes many items of Elvis’ wardrobe and five of his rings, which will be featured at a later date in a special edition of the ElvisBlog series, “Elvis’ Fabulous Rings.” Here are some of Elvis’ clothes and movie wardrobe.

Jacket Elvis wore in Million Dollar Quartet

This is the jacket Elvis wore when the guys jammed around in Sun studios, creating the iconic Million Dollar Quartet.

Million Dollar Quartet

 

Larry Moss’ collection includes another famous Elvis jacket — the one he wore during the Jailhouse Rock dance sequence.

Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Dance Outfit

Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Dance Outfit Placard

 

Do you know what was Elvis’ first jumpsuit to have a cape? It is called the White Fireworks Suit, and Elvis wore it in 1971 and 1972. It now is a star in Larry Moss’ collection.

Elvis Presley's First Jumpsuit with a Cape - Front

Elvis Presley's First Jumpsuit with a Cape - Back

 

As stated earlier, ElvisBlog will soon do a feature on the Elvis rings in Larry Moss’ collection. There are great stories to tell about some of these rings. There will also be a post about Elvis’ third cape for his American Eagle jumpsuit. Yes, the third. There’s a great story here, too.

Elvis Presley's American Eagle Cape

 

 

Like I said at the start of this article, I had no idea what last week’s post on Elvis’ first guitar would lead to.

Elvis Presley's First Guitar in Case

Photo by James V Roy

 

Now, thanks to Larry Moss, I have a treasure trove of stories and pictures to share with you.

 

The photos above credited to James V Roy appeared on www.scottymoore.net. If you want to see more photos, go to Scotty’s site.  Scroll to the bottom of the home page and type these into the search box: Elvis’ First Guitar, The Moss Collection, and The George Klein Interviews.

 

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Elvis’ First Guitar — A New Twist on a Old Story

Two new Elvis Statues in Tupelo

Every ElvisBlog article involves research on Google/Images. Sometimes I will scroll down well below the pertinent pictures just to see what new-to-me Elvis photos might show up. That’s how I found the one above.

The two statues are part of the several attractions added to make the visit to Elvis boyhood home in Tupelo a bigger experience. They were unveiled in 2012 as part of the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. I like the contrast of young Elvis with his simple acoustic guitar in front of adult Elvis in all his jumpsuit and cape splendor.

Elvis at 13 Statue in Tupelo

There is another statue of young Elvis in the complex now known as the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum and Chapel. I’ve never visited it, but by the time I do, I’ll bet even more stuff is added.

Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum

 

Let’s go back to the statues for a minute. Both young Elvis statues have him holding a guitar.  Tupelo is not only where Elvis was born, it is also where he got his first guitar. Just about every fan knows he bought it at the Tupelo Hardware Store.

Tupelo Hardware

Tupelo Hardware Inside

 

The story most people know about Elvis’ first guitar runs pretty close to the one in Elvis Day by Day.

Elvis Day by Day

The book’s authors, Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, are two highly esteemed Elvis historians. Guralnick is a guest speaker at Elvis Week this year, and Jorgensen has had the same honor previously. They have done decades of research on Elvis and written several other books about him. So, what you read about Elvis in their books can be trusted as factual. Or at least factual according to their research documents as of 1999 when Elvis Day by Day was published. Here is the entry for January 8, 1946:

“On Elvis’ eleventh birthday, his parents buy him a guitar at the Tupelo Hardware Store. As Gladys Presley later tells the story, Elvis wanted a bicycle, but she was put off both by the cost and by her fears that he might get hurt.”

Color Picture of Elvis' First Guitar

Last year, a fellow Elvis fan named Carol Austin sent me a copy of a book written nine years after Elvis Day by Day. It states two things that differ from the earlier book – he did not go into the store wanting a bicycle, and it was not on his eleventh birthday. Why should we believe this different version of the story?

Book We Remember Elvis

Because the book, We Remember Elvis, was written by four people who were boyhood chums or relatives of young Elvis in Tupelo. If you want to fully understand the hardships that Gladys, Vernon, and Elvis went through prior to moving to Memphis, you can’t do better than this book. These four authors lived that life too. But, there were many happy moments as well. Chapter 33 – Elvis’s Christmas Wagon begins:

“Christmas of 1945 was great…. Elvis had gotten a glossy wooden Wagon Master…. That wagon was a spectacular model. The frames on the side slid in and out of metal holders.”

Elvis 1945 Christmas Present -- Wagon Master

Image from book – similar to Elvis’

Elvis took almost every child in his playgroup for rides in the first days after Christmas. On the last Saturday of the year, Elvis and his two best buddies, Odell Clark and Guy Thomas Harris, took turns pushing the wagon up the hill on Kelly Street and riding it down. They would give the passenger a huge shove and watch their friend take a roller coaster ride and hear the squeals of laughter.

When the boys tired, they rode the wagon down Kelly Street to the Assembly of God Church (since moved to the Elvis birthplace complex).

Elvis - Assembly of God Church Tupelo

In 1945, there were wide sandy ditches of the sides of the road, and the three boys parked the wagon and played in the sand with toy metal trucks carrying on a make-believe construction job. Then disaster hit, as described in the book:

“Coming along the road was a big dump truck filled with scrap metal driven by a neighbor named ‘Peanut’ Gamble.’ … He and some of the Randle boys pulled big pieces of metal out of grown up weeds on the back property lines. … [Gamble] then backed his big truck back onto the roadway. Unfortunately, Elvis’ new wagon was right behind the truck’s big wheels.”

The boys screamed “stop,” but it was too late and the wagon got crunched. Elvis picked up several broken pieces and stared in disbelief. Then he began hysterical crying and ran toward home.

“’Mama, Mama, Mama,’ he cried….Mama could fix anything! Gladys had heard his cry and was running toward her son. Her face was blood red and her breath was sporadic as she rushed to her child….Gladys grabbed Elvis into her arms, pulled him tight to her chest, but she trembled with the power of her emotions.”

Peanut Gamble caught up with them and apologized over and over. He took out his wallet and gave Elvis every bill he had. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see it.”

Gladys carried Elvis all the way home as he clutched the money tightly. He had his chin resting on her shoulder and his arms and legs wrapped around her body. He was thinking of getting a new wagon, but another thought seeped in – maybe buying new rifle instead.

 

Let’s look at two calendars to get a sense of the timing of this story.

December 1945

The two dates circled are when Elvis got the wagon and when it got crushed.

January 1946

You all recognize January 8 as Elvis’ birthday. But the 5th of January is when Elvis went to Tupelo Hardware. As the book says, “The next Saturday was the day to go to Tupelo to replace the broken toy.” (The Presleys actually lived in the village of East Tupelo, now annexed into the city of Tupelo.)

By then, Elvis was committed to try to buy a 22 rifle with his money. Gladys wouldn’t hear of it, and doggedly maintained they were going to buy a wagon. Once in the store, Elvis took her hand and dragged her in the direction of the rifles. She continued past them and pulled him toward the wagons. Then something caught her eye and she looked up. Elvis’ eyes turned to see what she was looking at. It was a display of guitars.

The salesman saw the interest and asked, “Do you play the guitar, Mam?” Elvis made a quick glance back to the rifles before giving his full attention to the glistening guitar.

“The smart salesman immediately climbed the sliding ladder to take down the smallest of the instruments [it was a 1940s Kay model]. He slid the strap over Elvis’ head and adjusted the guitar at the perfect angle to fit Elvis’ young body. He handed him a small ivory pick. The child immediately placed his slender fingers on the proper frets as his Uncle Vester had taught him. When he strummed the strings with the pick, there was just enough harmony for the salesman to brag generously on the child’s talent.”

Elvis placed his money on the counter and got two one-dollar bills back. He strolled out of the store with the guitar still hanging over his shoulder. We can assume both he and his mother had big smiles on their faces. Gladys had to be happy that Elvis wasn’t carrying a rifle, and Elvis had to be thrilled with his new guitar.

January 1946

So, that’s how it all started. I am absolutely confident that Elvis told the story of his trip to Tupelo Hardware to his buddies numerous times, and they have recounted it in the book We Remember Elvis. This is the real story of Elvis’ first guitar.

 

Guernsey's Auction Sept 14, 2011

Elvis’ first guitar went up for auction at Guernsey’s on September 14, 2011 in New York City. I have spent entirely too much time on Google trying to find out what it went for, or if it even sold at all. If anyone knows, please put a message on Comments.

 

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Surfing the Graceland Guest House Website and Facebook Page

Soundstage Aat Elvis Presley's Graceland

Two months ago, ElvisBlog looked at the Elvis Week events scheduled at Soundstage A at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. This includes six nightly concerts. In addition, there will be musical events at the Fedex Forum and the Elvis Week Entertainment Tent.

 

Guesthouse at Graceland Theater

Three months ago, we looked at some musical acts presented at the Graceland Guest House Theater. But a few days ago, I realized that all the Graceland Insider emails made no mention of any Elvis Week shows at the theater.

I couldn’t believe they would leave that beautiful new theater unused during Elvis Week, so I did some digging on www.guesthousegraceland.com.

Graceland Guest House Website

Then I clicked on EVENTS in the upper right, which brought me to this:

What's happening at Graceland

So, I clicked on DOWNLOAD MONTHLY ACTIVITIES CALENDAR.

Ongoing Events at Graceland Guest House

This is the top half of the July calendar with two musical events highlighted in yellow. The July 1 show was T.G. Shepherd, which we covered in the April blog post. The show on July 3 was the Memphis Ukulele Band.

Memphis Ukulele Band

 

Here is the bottom half of the July events calendar along with the image that follows — a promotional graphic of other diversions happening at the hotel.

Guest House Event Schedule - bottom

You will note there are no music events highlighted on the theater calendar for the rest of July.

However, you can play these lawn games: ping pong, cornhole, shuffleboard & foosball. There’s a catch -– you need to have a valid ID and credit card to rent the stuff you need from the Guest House Gift Shop. I wonder what they charge for the beanbags you use for cornhole.

 

Guest House Live Music

Depending on when you stay at the hotel, you can listen to one of these two acts in the Lobby Lounge. Something tells me they don’t play much Elvis music.  If anyone knows, please let us know in Comments.

 

EP's Happy Hour

EP’s Bar & Grill was advertised in the graphic. So, a draft beer costs $4.00 at Happy Hour. What do you think it is the rest of the night? I hadn’t seen much about EP’s in the emails from Graceland, so I looked elsewhere for pictures.

EP's Bar & Grill

EP's Bar & Grill at Graceland Guest House

If I stayed at the hotel, I would probably eat here. Photos of the other restaurants make them look really, really pricey.

 

Then I got back to my hunt for Elvis Week concerts at the Guest House Theater. I found a little calendar icon showing July, but with an arrow to click on for the next month. Look what I got.

No Upcoming Events at Graceland Guest House Theater

I added the circle around the news that there are no events in August. This was just too hard for me to accept, so I searched elsewhere and found two daytime concerts.

Bourke Performing at Graceland

Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest Showcase

This tribute artist showcase is interesting. If you bought tickets in the $209 section of the Ultimate ETA contest, you get a bonus of free tickets to a concert by the semifinalists.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

So, there are two daytime music events at the hotel theater during Elvis Week, but nothing at night. I don’t get it. Maybe they want everyone to head over to Elvis Presley’s Memphis and spend more money.

 

Find us on Facebook

There was something at the bottom of that promotional graphic we looked at earlier. I didn’t know the Guest House had a Facebook page, but I figured it had some different pictures than the website, so I clicked on it. I was right, so here are a few.

Karaoke Night at EP's Bar at Graceland Guest House

This must be popular with the fans. I wonder if the song list on the karaoke machine is 100% Elvis hits.

 

These dramatic drapes at the Guest House at Graceland are a favorite spot for selfies

The caption under this picture is, “These dramatic drapes at the Guest House at Graceland are a favorite spot for selfies.”  It seems like there would be dozens of more interesting backgrounds for selfies to mark your trip to Graceland.

 

Inside Portico at Graceland Guest House

This is a nice shot from the front door out through the portico.

 

The deviled egg appetizer at EP’s Bar & Grill

They even show a photo of the deviled egg appetizer at EP’s Bar & Grill.

 

Above the pool table at Graceland Guest House.

The caption under this picture says, “If you’re playing billiards at The Guest House at Graceland, be sure to look up.” The pool table is located in EP’s Bar and Grill.

Guest House Pool Table at EP's Bar

 

Pool at Graceland Guesthouse

It looks like it would be cold if you tried to take a swim. Notice there are no leaves on the trees.

 

Heart-Shaped Fireplace at Graceland Guest House

Great caption: “Stop by for a little burning love by our heart-shaped fireplace.” I guess it is outside on the grounds somewhere.

 

This last photo from the Graceland Guest House Facebook page was obviously posed, but it’s very well done.

Happy National Martini Day at EP's Lounge

It promoted National Martini Day at EP’s Bar & Grill. That place is really starting to sound good to me. I wonder why they don’t give it more mention on the website.

 

 

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Elvis T-Shirt Review — Summer 2017

Girl wearing Elvis T-Shirt

It’s summer, so it’s time for my eighth annual Elvis T-Shirt Review. As usual, it features shirts from Shop.Graceland.com. However, there was not an abundance of good new designs this year, so I decided to check out the offerings from AllPosters.com. Believe it or not, they had 30 pages of Elvis T-shirts and 36 on each page. That’s over a thousand options. Amazing.

Let’s start with the Shop.Elvis.com T-shirts.

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Graceland Aloha Eagle Jumpsuit Flag:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Graceland Aloha Eagle Jumpsuit Flag

I wish I had seen this shirt when I was working on the 4th of July post last week. I love the faded American flag hanging vertically, and Elvis in his famous American Eagle Jumpsuit is a nice compliment. I could have done without the barely discernable Graceland in the background which muddies up the image. Of course, they just had to stick in the word Graceland, but you don’t find many T-shirts on Shop.Graceland.com without it. Overall, it’s a great shirt, perfect to wear on the patriotic holidays. $24.99

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40th Anniversary Graceland Collage:

Elvis Presley T-shirt 40th Anniversary Graceland Collage

I liked the image on this shirt so much I used it as the featured picture on the post three weeks ago (but with a black background). The Graceland mansion looks okay on this shirt with the spotlights shining on it that seem to radiate out of the back of Elvis’ head. One of the few shirts that come in a selection of colors. $24.99.

 

Tupelo Crowd Surf Women’s T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Tupelo Crowd Surf

As you can see from the shape, this shirt comes from the women’s selections. I wish it came in a men’s T-shirt. I can see the “Tupelo Crowd” in the name, but I don’t get the “Surf” designation. It looks like the designers realized that the inclusion of GRACELAND in the design would ruin it, so they omitted it. Thank you. $24.99

 

The King Guitar Wings:

Elvis Presley T-shirt The King Guitar Wings

I studied this shirt for a while before deciding I do like it. Although I don’t understand the concept with wings and opposing lions, the funky design of ELVIS is certainly unique. What finally tipped the scale for me was the back of the shirt.

Elvis Presley T-shirt The King Guitar Wings - Back

You don’t find many Elvis T-shirts with front and back designs. Plus, it’s also available in red. $24.99.

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Graceland – Home of Elvis:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Graceland Home of Elvis

Just kidding. This is not a T-shirt I’d spend my money on. I want Elvis T-shirts, not Graceland shirts. Perhaps most folks feel the same way. The price on this is only $14.99, probably marked down because it isn’t selling. Duh.

 

Street Sign Belt Print:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Street Sign Belt Print

I had to look up “Belt Print” to see what that meant. According to Wikipedia, “A belt screen printing press is a very expensive and highly specialized piece of equipment that allows screen printers to print all over a t-shirt. There will be some more belt print T-shirts coming up in this post. The shirt has kind of a split personality – half Elvis and half Graceland. $24.99

 

Love Me Tender Heart Women’s T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Love Me Tender Heart Women's T-Shirt

This is an excellent deal for the female Elvis fan. The price is only $12.50 which normally would mean that only sizes XS or XXL are available, but I checked and all sizes are in stock. I like the red heart with the scroll design. A great gift idea for husbands to give to their Elvis-fan wives.

 

Aloha Shaka T-Shirt:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Aloha Shaka

See Elvis’ hand? This is called the the “shaka” sign, a common greeting in the Hawaiian culture and is meant to convey “Aloha spirit” which is a concept of friendship, understanding, and solidarity. The website refers to the vivid photo depicting Elvis during the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert. The picture looks a little fuzzy, but probably it is sharp on the shirt. $27.99

 

Now, let’s look at some nifty designs from AllPosters.com.

 

Jubilant Felons:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Jubilant Felons

This is another of those belt print designs mentioned earlier. There have been so many Jailhouse Rock T-shirts over the years, but I really like this one. And the name ‘Jubilant Felons’ is so strange it’s funny. The image seems to be Photoshopped, because there is a second Elvis at the top right. I don’t know if being 100% polyester is a good thing or not. $24.99

 

Dream State:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Dream State - Womens

Another cool name and a simple but effective design in a woman’s T-shirt. Also available in men’s and junior’s, and in tank top, long sleeve, V-neck, and hooded varieties. Prices vary a little, but the one shown here is $24.99.

 

Now Playing:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Now Playing - Front and Back

Now this is belt print taken to the extreme. Every square inch of this shirt has Elvis on it. It is also 100% polyester, which I guess works better with this screening process than cotton. It’s more expensive, but a front-and-back shirt design seems worth $29.99.

 

Tender Eyes:

Elvis Presley T-shirt Tender Eyes Youth

This is the Men’s version of this shirt, but Women’s and Youth sizes are available, too. I guess it would be more popular with the female Elvis fans. I think the eye design is spectacular. $24.99

Now that I’ve discovered there are so many Elvis T-shirts on AllPosters.com (and none say Graceland on them), I need to check out all 30 pages and do a bonus T-shirt review later as a Christmas gift suggestion feature.

 

 

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4th of July, Bald Eagles, and Elvis

Happy 4th of July - Fireworks

If you Google 4th of July and click on Images, you will find some wonderful stuff. Talented folks have used Photoshop and other software to create hundreds of patriotic images to celebrate Independence Day.

4th of July - Flag

Not surprisingly, the American flag is the symbol used most often in these 4th of July images.

 

4th of July - Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty shows up quite often as well.

 

4th of July - Eagle

The Bald Eagle is a natural for patriotic designs. It is our country’s national bird and appears on the Great Seal of the United States of America. The one in this image must be a young eagle, because their head feathers don’t turn white until they are four or five years old and reach sexual maturity.

Great_Seal_of_the_United_States

 

Another very popular feature on these holiday images is fireworks.

4th of July - Fireworks

 

Of course, most of the 4th of July images have several of these elements combined to make a bigger splash.

4th of July - Flag, Fireworks, Statue of Liberty

Here we have fireworks, the American flag, and the Statue of Liberty.

 

4th of July - Eagle, Statue of Liberty, White House, Flags, Iwo Jima

Look at all the stuff on this one: flags, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, fireworks, the White House, Iwo Jima, and a jet plane. Wow.

 

Sometimes creative people have found other ways to celebrate the 4th of July.

4th of July - WWII Memorial

Incorporating the World War II Memorial is a nice touch.

 

4th-July-American-Map

So is a map of the United States and the use of Independence Day, the real name of the holiday.

 

4th of July-Patriotic Mouth

This one might have been made by a Rocky Horror fan.

Rocky Horror Lips

 

Some ideas for 4th of July images just don’t cut it.

4th of July - Inappropriate

 

But, let’s go back to the American Eagle designs for some special ones.

4th of July - Four Eagles

Note the US Constitution and flag–wrapped candle. Plus there are four bald Eagles in the design.

 

4th of July -Eagle with Flag Sunglasses

I really like this one. It reminds me of an interesting Photoshopped Elvis picture in my files.

Lisa Reflections

 

Speaking of Elvis, I got the idea for this post while looking through my collection of patriotic images featuring him. I was surprised to find there were so many of them incorporating an American Eagle. Here are a few.

 

Elvis with Eagle Head - 4th of July

This one has it all. Bald Eagle, fireworks, Statue of liberty, American flag, and Elvis. Plus apple pie. I would prefer see Elvis wearing his Army uniform in these kind of images, rather than a jumpsuit, but at least this is his famous American Eagle jumpsuit.

Elvis American Eagle Jumpsuit - Back

 

 

Elvis, Flag, and Eagles - 4th of July

I can’t say I real crazy about the red stripes coming down the eagle’s heads. Kind of looks like streaks of blood. Elvis looks good, though.

 

Bald Eacle and Elvis Heads

This is interesting. The red stripes of the flag are used to better advantage on this eagle, and they aren’t bad on Elvis either.

 

Elvis and Bald Eagle 4th of July

Good use of Elvis in his Army uniform.

 

King Elvis Presley - 4th of July

A missed opportunity to present Elvis in both an Army uniform and a jumpsuit. Don’t need two jumpsuits.

 

King Elvis Presley - 4th of July

Simple, but effective. I could do a whole post on just Bald Eagles with the American flag morphed into their feathers.

 

How about eight Elvises incorporated into the wings of a Bald Eagle?

Eagle pin with Elvis Images

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Somebody even used Elvis in his ’68 black leather outfit for a patriotic image.

Elvis God Bless America 4th of July

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I guess the message is the most important thing.

 

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July

 

 

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