Unfortunately, I’m old, and it’s time to scale down. When we move, there will be no space to put all the Elvis stuff I have now in what I call my Jungle Tree Fuzzy Room. (Or the junk room as my wife calls it. She has a point — over the years a lot of other stuff has ended up in there, too.)
Every once in a while, I will post pictures of some of my mementos. I don’t have anything you would call a big collectible, but I know somebody out there will want every one of these goodies. There will be cheap prices to make them go quickly.
Unfortunately, this offer must be limited to readers in the USA only. Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive. Sorry
So, here are the first offerings from the Fuzzy Room:
I have owned these for 30 years, and they go way back beyond that. The first two say M on the label, but they look like they would work best for a woman or an adolescent child. Wear them yourself or maybe you could start a little early Elvis indoctrination with a grandchild. It’s never too young or too old to be an Elvis fan.
This one has the word ELVIS in a lighted marque design on a dark blue background. Sorry about the wrinkles, but these shirts have been folded up in storage for a while.
Super colorful shirt with Elvis’ image and his name in gold block letters. This is my favorite of the three.
This shirt has no size label, but it’s a bit smaller than the other two, so let’s call it size S. Bright blue background with white flock lettering. It was probably a homemade iron-on.
You can have all three T-shirts for $15, which includes postage. At the end of this post, we’ll look at payment options.
I bought this in Las Vegas about 15 years ago, and it has been part of the wall art in the Fuzzy Room ever since. The price to you is only $6, and that includes the postage. An excellent deal.
This book was a huge seller back in 1979 when Al Wertheimer published it. Perhaps you do not know the story of how he took over 3,000 photos of Elvis in 1956. If not, click here to read the article I wrote about him in 2006 for Elvis the Magazine.
Anyway, all those photos sat unused in Al’s files for over twenty years. When Elvis died, Al discovered he had a treasure trove of material and published Elvis ’56 – In the Beginning.
Books autographed by the author are always special, but the copy I am offering has been inscribed and signed by Al Wertheimer twice. I bought the book from a vendor at Elvis Week a few years before I got the chance to interview Al and write about him. Inside the front cover, Al had written a short thank you note to Irving Paul and signed and dated it November 22, 1979.
Then, after I got to know Al, I sent him the book and asked him to inscribe a message to me. This is what he wrote:
To Phil Arnold:
Who is Irving Paul? I don’t remember. I’m glad though that my book wound up in your hands. It’s been out of print for some time and will become rarer as the years go by. Thanks for your interest in the “Wertheimer Collection” of Elvis photos I took in 1956. Glad to have such a good writer as a fan.
Al Wertheimer 11/11/07
Perhaps you are wondering why I would let go of something as special as this. The reason is because Al sent me another copy of Elvis ’56 with an entirely different inscription. It’s long, so I won’t repeat it all. But he did call me, “a very talented writer and Elvis Blogster who did such a fine job of telling my story in Elvis the Magazine.” He also said, “Let’s stay in touch,” and we did. If you look at the right column of this page under Blog Categories, Al Wertheimer is represented 15 times.
So, I am asking $15 for the double-inscribed and signed copy of Elvis ’56, and a good bit of that will go for the shipping and postage because this is a heavy book.
There is one of these on eBay right now going for $24.94 plus $9.30 shipping. I’m letting it go for $12 total. Here is the picture from eBay showing the back that says, The King of Rock and Roll.
And the one I’m selling also has the replica of the 29 cent Elvis stamp shown above.
If you still have a working VHS tape player, you will find this different and enjoyable. Back in 2002, the 25th anniversary Elvis Week was a huge celebration. As the back cover says,
This Elvis documentary takes a look at the Elvis Fans, Elvis Music, Elvis Friends, and Elvis Events that took place during this incredible Tribute Week.
More than 50,000 fans showed up on the 25th Anniversary, and Greg Summit from Westlake Entertainment was there to follow the fans around Memphis to catch the excitement on film. Mr. Summit filmed the fans, the Tribute Artists, the friends of Elvis, and the events throughout the week.
It gives those who were unable to be there, a chance to see the excitement of the 25th Anniversary Tribute Week. For those who were there, it will certainly bring back the wonderful memories.
I was there, and I’m glad I have another copy of this video to relive that big party.
The price is just $6, and that includes shipping costs.
At my age, I won’t be wearing a tie like this anymore, but it was fun to wear to Elvis gatherings over the years. It’s got Elvis singing into a mic, two pink Cadillacs, drums, sax, guitar and records. Just $5.
There are two ways you can purchase any of these items – PayPal or personal check. I don’t yet have a PayPal button that you are probably used to.
This button is available if you have a business PayPal account, but I have a personal one like you probably do, too. I will be upgrading soon, because it will aid in sales of my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN when the next annual campaign starts next October.
In the meantime, here’s how to use PayPal.
1) Open up your account page on PayPal.com and click on Pay or Send Money.
2) Click on Pay for goods.
3) A box pops up where you enter my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Next.
Enter the price of the item. And the item description where it says Add a note. Then scroll down and click Continue.
You will go to the order summary page you are familiar with, and if everything is right, click Send Payment Now. It’s actually pretty easy.
PayPal sends me a notice of the sale, and I mark it sold on the blog. Then I mail it to you.
Or you can send me an email that you want to purchase an item by check. I’ll confirm and hold it for you until I get your check.
So, please go back and look over the items and see if there’s anything you would like to have.
I really appreciate your support,
It’s been two months since I last posted a review of Elvis photos that I’ve recently discovered on the internet. So, let’s do it again, and hope no Photoshopped images slip in. I know the one above is for real. Isn’t that a great picture of Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon? It was cropped from a larger 1956 shot showing the whole odd car and an old man.
There they are. The car is a 1956 Messerschmitt KR200, a three-wheeled, two-seated microcar. One website says Elvis owned and drove the car for at least a year, before trading it to Memphis clothes store owner Bernard Lansky in return for a three-hour shopping spree in 1957. Another website says Bernard’s brother Guy bought the car. My guess is that Elvis never drove it again once he started buying Cadillacs.
I believe this was taken on the set of Love Me Tender. Looks like the horses wanted to be in the picture. Let me know the next time you see another Elvis photo showing armpit sweat. There can’t be many out there.
This post had no tag on this, so can anybody place it? Obviously a movie set. Elvis sure is in deep thought.
Did Elvis have it good, or what? The girls fawned all over him. Elvis looks pretty amused by the whole thing.
Elvis is being crowned, but there was no info with the posting. I wish it was a picture of him alone, wearing the crown. Does anybody know anything about this one? If so, please post them on Comments.
Isn’t this a great shot? I love the shading effect. It looks like the work of a professional photographer, but it could have been just be a lucky shot by a fan in the audience who caught Elvis looking up to watch Tom Jones at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, September 3, 1974.
This is a fan photo taken when Elvis lived at Lauderdale Courts. Is that a sleeveless shirt Elvis is wearing? What’s the strap around his ribs?
It’s pretty rare when a new picture of teenaged Elvis pops up. This young lady was so thrilled with the snapshot that she kept it in her blue-jeans pocket for weeks – with obvious results.
Here is a shot of Elvis from behind while performing at the Boston Garden, November 10, 1971.
Young Elvis in a swim trunks. He filled out one much better in Blue Hawaii in 1962. I’ve got some more pics of him waterskiing at a young age that we’ll review next time.
We all have seen many photos with Elvis, Scotty, and Bill together. Have you ever seen this one? Does Elvis’ clothing give any clue where it was shot? Bill Black looks a bit like Brad Pitt, doesn’t he?
With the exception of his Army induction haircut, this is the closest cropped I’ve ever seen Elvis.
The tag on this was “Elvis mother with a donkey at Graceland.” I guess that could be right because they had so many acres originally. You can notice a little smile on Gladys’ face. I wish there were more photos of her smiling. They’re pretty rare.
Here’s a shot that had a tag under it saying Elvis is hanging out of a troop train window and kissing his mom goodbye just before deployment to Germany. Alert reader Jo advised that it couldn’t be Gladys because she was already dead by the time he took the train to NY and embarked on the SS Randall for Germany. Jo says the train made a stop in Memphis and that’s why George Klein is in the picture. The woman is a fan.
I believe this would be inside the Graceland wall. Elvis probably had the gatekeeper let in some pretty girls to chat with him. Along with Alan Fortas and Joe Esposito, at least that’s what the tag says. I’m not so sure. Any clues?
All Elvis fans know his real hair color was a sandy brown. I found three shots recently showing him before he started dying it black.
This one is a colorized version of a shot snapped on August 7, 1954 when Elvis first played The Eagles Nest in Memphis. Looks like they got the hair color about right.
At first I thought this was Elvis playing Jodie Tatum in Kissin’ Cousins, but that was filmed in 1964 when he was 29. He doesn’t look that old here.
This is a clip from the movie. But look at the big cigar in the first pic. Elvis didn’t smoke them as a teenager, did he?
The tag on Pinterest said it was taken on the set of Loving You in 1957. Otherwise, you’d think it was a Photoshopped picture. Either way, it’s a very strange one.
Elvis seems to have had a fun time whenever he wore different hats. No matter what he wore, he always looked great. Except maybe this next one.
Elvis wasn’t the only one who got to wear a German officer’s hat on this summer 1956 boat trip with June Juanico off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi.
I wonder how many songs he sang after putting on this Santa’s hat.
I guess we are seeing the underside of the brim of this hat. Maybe a straw hat? I wish there were a side view of Elvis wearing it, but I’ve never seen one.
There are pictures out there showing Elvis wearing different versions of this style. Reader Tracy called it a Gilligan hat, if you remember that TV series.
I cropped Col. Parker from this picture. Much cooler picture without him.
New reader Jo sent in this shot of an inside-out baseball cap on backwards. It was snapped on the set of Follow That Dream, which was filmed in 1961. She guesses that Elvis might have been the first person to ever do that. Wasn’t it a decade or two later that this style became popular during baseball rallies? Elvis always was ahead of his time.
This exceptional case doesn’t blow the theory that Elvis never wore baseball caps.
This is an interesting combination. Elvis is wearing a Hawaiian lei and a cowboy hat. There are lots of photos of Elvis wearing cowboy hats, but many are movie clips or on-set shots. I wonder how many movies he made wearing cowboy hats. Would somebody like to figure that out and let us know?
It’s not common, but Elvis also wore Indian headdresses in several photos.
Elvis got to wear some interesting head coverings in a few movies.
Can you name the movies these two came from?
This weird one comes from Harem Scarum. That’s a straw so Elvis could duck under the water and not be discovered by the bad guys. I’ve seen a lot of Photoshopped Elvis photos, but nobody has ever put this head on some other body. Seems like a natural.
These are Elvis souvenir hats that Col. Parker thought up early in Elvis’ career to sell at concerts. They would cost about $12 in today’s money.
Look close. Elvis is wearing one of those caps. The cops behind him seem to approve.
Elvis posing again. He did have fun with hats.
After the article on Elvis Baseball Hats for sale posted two weeks ago, reader Karen sent in these photos of a great Elvis hat she bought at a Festival in Michigan in 2012.
I agree. This is a great hat.
Last week we looked at a bunch of Elvis baseball caps available at GracelandOfficialStore.com, and it generated a lot of comment. Some folks even sent pictures of other caps they like. We’ll look at a few of the comments next time as part of Mini-Nuggets.
At the end last week’s post I said we would next cover the hats Elvis actually wore in his personal life. I really researched deep, especially in his younger years, and there were no real photos of him wearing a baseball cap. None. The best I could find was this:
This is obviously Elvis performing on stage in a jumpsuit. The tag said 1976. So the best guess is that somebody threw it up onstage and Elvis put it on. If anybody has a different photo of Elvis wearing a baseball cap please send it to me at email@example.com.
The first photo in this article shows Elvis’ favorite style of headgear — snappy, narrow-brimmed Trilby and Fedora hats.
Trilby hats have very narrow brims, like this one. Wikipedia says the trilby was once viewed as the rich man’s favored hat; it is sometimes called the “brown trilby” in Britain and was frequently seen at the horse races
In her book Elvis Style, author Zoey Goto reports that Elvis purchased his extensive collection of headwear from Baltimore Beaver, Resistol, Oleg Cassini, and Lansky Brothers.
Sorry this one is so blurry.
Elvis looks sharp in his Caddy wearing this fedora.
The first thing you notice is Elvis’ cool pose; then it looks like he is singing to a shower door. The hat is perfect in this shot.
This is a black leather fedora that Elvis owned. It sold at auction a few years ago for $2,150.
Elvis also liked motorcycle hats and the very similar boat captain’s hat.
This is the same hat Elvis wore in the famous Al Wertheimer Harley photo.
I don’t know if this was snapped on a movie set or in private time.
Is that a police hat? Priscilla looks pretty good, doesn’t she?
Whoa. Here she is wearing a baseball cap. I don’t know the year on this one. Help, anybody?
If you look close at this one, Elvis appears to be wearing two Army hats. Looks like it was pretty cold for maneuvers that day.
He’s definitely wearing two in this shot.
Next week we will see some reader comments on Elvis baseball caps and look at the hats Elvis wore when he was fooling around.