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The New Elvis Stamp — Let the Merchandising Begin

Elvis Presley Forever CD

At first glance, you might think that’s a picture of the new Elvis stamp above. Nope. It’s the front cover of a CD the US Postal Service is selling online.  New stamps don’t have a price on them anymore, so the word FOREVER appears instead. Because they used the stamp picture on the cover, the Postal Service has cleverly named this CD “Elvis Presley Forever.”

Song List for Elvis Presley Forever CD

This track listing may appeal to new fans, but everybody who owns other Elvis CDs probably has the songs already, except for the last two. These previously unreleased versions may spark some interest, and the $10 price is not prohibitive.

Forever Elvis Collection Inside

The Postal Service used a similar name on another collectible they call the “Forever Elvis Collection.” For $24.95 you get:

-One mint 1993 Elvis Presley stamp pulled from the U.S. Postal Service vault.

-A sheet of 16 new 2015 Elvis Presley stamps.

-A bold 8 x 8-inch cachet [whatever that is] with an affixed 2015 Elvis Presley stamp and exclusive postmark printed in metallic gold and black inks. (I guess this is in the center behind the sheet of stamps))

-The collectibles are housed in a handsome [USPS lingo] six-panel folio with a die-cut slipcase. The folio panels contain photographs of Elvis shot by Alfred Wertheimer during 1956, as well as a narrative on the 1993 stamp, the 2015 stamp, and the life and music of The King himself.

The Forever Elvis Collection - $24.95

This is the front cover of the “Forever Elvis Collection.” In my opinion, a less washed out photo would make it more handsome.

 

One other note. The Forever Elvis Collection can be purchased at USPSstamps.com, same as all the stamp options covered last week. The CD is not listed there, just at store.usps.com.

 

1993 Elvis Stamp Commemorative Album

The idea of a commemorative folio containing Elvis stamp memorabilia was also used in 1993. The folio above was designed to look like a gatefold 33rpm album. Same exact size.

1993 Elvis Stamp Commemorative Album Contents

When you opened it up, you could see part of a wonderful color booklet through the die-cut hole.

1993 Elvis Stamp Commemorative Album Contents

Here’s the cover of the 16 –page booklet.

Inside 1993 E;vis Stamp Booklet

And this is an example of the content. It is very well done. In addition to the booklet, this collection contains:

10 Elvis stamp sheets in original sealed sleeves

Elvis stamp limited edition print

“First Day” ceremony program

I have seen the whole set listed several places on eBay. Used ones go for $25 and still sealed ones are asking $100-125.

 

Elvis Stamp T-Shirt

Back in 1993, to tied in with the 1993 Elvis stamp release, a new ShopElvis.com catalog showed up containing 28 items featuring the image of the stamp. I bought the above T-shirt, which I still have (in pretty good shape, because I seldom wear white T-shirts). Here are the other items I purchased.

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Elvis Stamp Beach Towell

Beach Towel

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Elvis Stamp Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap

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Elvis stamp Refrigerator Magnet

Refrigerator Magnet

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Elvis Stamp Key Chain

Key Chain

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Elvis Stamp Watch.

I didn’t buy the Elvis stamp watch. My wife gave it to me the following Christmas.

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Here are a couple of other items with the stamp picture on it that I did not buy. Not my kind of Elvis collectible.

Elvis Stamp Bear

Gold Lamé Bear

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Elvis Stamp Collectible Plate

Elvis Stamp Plate

1993  Elvis Stamp Mug

And what would a Graceland merchandising theme be without a coffee mug?  They have put out so many different ones over the years.  If I had pictures of them all, I could do a whole blog post on them.

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I’m sure EPE has worked out some kind of deal with the Postal Service to market all kinds of stuff with the new Elvis stamp on it. There will be another Graceland catalog out before Elvis Week, so we will see pretty soon.

Unfortunately, I’m not as enthused about purchasing anything with the new stamp picture on it. It’s a black-and-white photo, dull compared to the 1993 drawing in brilliant color. But I’ll bet lots of folks will still buy them.

 

 

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The New Elvis Stamp – Part 2

Sheet of 16 Elvis Stamps- $7.84

If demand for the new Elvis stamp is anywhere close to the Postal Service’s expectations, they are going to sell a lot of them.

And, if you are thinking you would like to have some for your collection of Elvis goodies, they offer many options for you on their website USPSstamps.com. Like the sheet of 16 above.  It sells for $7.84.  The stamps don’t have a price on them anymore, just the word Forever.  We’ve gone from a 1993 Elvis stamp that cost 29¢ to one that costs 49¢ in 2015. (16 x 49¢ = $7.84)

 

Back of the New Elvis Stamp Sheet

To make the sheet of 16 Elvis stamps even more attractive, the postal Service puts this Al Wertheimer photograph on the flip side of the slick backing paper.  A very nice touch.

Elvis In Concert July 4, 1956

Here’s the original uncropped photo taken on July 4, 1956 while Elvis performed at Russwood stadium in Memphis.  As long as they were messing around with the picture anyway, I wish they had put the color back into Elvis’ right pants leg.  Looks a little weird on the flip-side picture.

 

Elvis Stamp First Day Cover - 93 cents

Of course, you can’t buy a single stamp, but you can buy one on an envelope that has a First Day of Issue postmark.  These are called First Day Covers and the price is just 94¢.  Seems like a pretty good deal, but it sure isn’t as flashy as the 1993 stamp First Day Covers.

1993 Elvis Stamp First Day Cover 2

1993 Elvis Stamp First Day Cover 1

These are beautiful in full color and the postmark is the gates of Graceland.  I believe there were five different choices available.

 

However, if you want something a little flashier in 2015, there is only a slight variation available for $1.64.

Digital Color Postmark Fibearing an affixed Elvis Presley stamp cancelled with an official First Day of Issue pictorial postmark - $1.64

For the extra 50¢ you get the big gold crown on the First Day of Issue DCP (Digital Color Postmark – Postal Service lingo).

 

First Day Cancelled Full Sheet of Elvis Stamps

Here’s an upgrade from the first stamp sheet at the beginning of this article.  You will note there are three bulls-eye postmarks (that’s what they call them).  Each is centered over a block of four stamps.  The remaining four are postmarked with portions of Elvis’ signature.  Also visible are the words MUSIC ICONS and a small black crown.  I like this one and think it’s worth the $10.34 they are asking.

 

There’s some text at the bottom of these stamp sheets, but it is too small to read here.  It says,

Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was one of the first true stars of rock and roll.  The singer, guitarist, musician, and actor combined country, gospel, and rhythm and blues to create a unique sound that lives on today.  Through his music, the King of Rock and Roll helped break down social barriers in the 1950s and in the process helped change American pop culture forever.

Well written I think, but come on – “One of the first true stars of rock and roll.”  It should say, The first true star.

 

There is one other thing worth noting on both these stamp sheets.  The square shape is the same size as an old 45 rpm record sleeve.  See that black sliver of a circle at the top?  That is to simulate the top of a record sticking out of the sleeve a bit.  The design people at the Postal Service got pretty creative on this.

 

DCP Keepsake - Sheet of 16 Elvis Stamp & Digital Color Postmark First Day Cover - 9.95

Here’s a little combo package they call the DCP Keepsake (remember what DCP stands for?)  It combines the $7.84 sheet of 16 stamps and the $1.64 First Day Cover.  They are asking $9.95, but it’s actually cheaper to buy each item separately.

 

21.25 x 21.25-inch press sheet without die-cuts, containing nine panes of 16  stamps positioned three across by three - $70

If you want to get a lot of Elvis stamps, this one might appeal to you.  Disregard the single stamp image superimposed over the so-called “press” sheet.  There are nine of the 16-stamp sheets together measuring 21.25” x 21.25”.  The cost is $70.56.

 

 

According to the Washington Post, the Postal Service sold over 500,000,000 of the 1993 Elvis stamps, and reported later that 124,000,000 of them were never used for postage.  Fans held on to them as collectibles.

1993 Elvis Stamp

 

It’s my guess that not many of the 2015 Elvis stamps will ever be stuck on an envelope.

2015 Elvis Forever Stamp

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ElvisBlog has covered the Elvis Stamps for years.  To read more, click on:

The New Elvis Stamp – Posted July 3, 2015

The Elvis Stamp Has Not Left the Building – Posted March 1, 2014

Gladys and Elvis — A Mothers’ Day Commemorative Stamp?Posted October 1, 2011

Voting for the Elvis Stamp – Posted January 15, 2008

The Elvis Stamp Revisited – (From the January  2003 issue of Elvis International Magazine)

 

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Eight Years of Al Wertheimer Stories on ElvisBlog

Al Wertheimer Holding The Kiss

Al Wertheimer Holding “The Kiss”

If you regularly follow other Elvis websites or blogs, you probably already know about the passing of Alfred Wertheimer, the iconic photographer who snapped over 4,000 photographs of Elvis in 1956. The remaining circle of folks with a connection to Elvis shrunk again Sunday when Al died of natural causes at age 85.

Fitting tributes to Al Wertheimer are all over the internet, but most tell you the same information everyone else has. You may feel like you’ve heard it all already, but please don’t skip this article. In 2006 and 2010 I had six lengthy telephone interviews with Al, a total of 8-1/2 hours, and he really told me some stuff. Enough to result in eight ElvisBlog articles, a six-page spread in Elvis The Magazine, and the forward to Al’s book, Elvis: The Early Years. Here they are in chronological order.

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The Al Wertheimer InterviewElvisBlog, June 4, 2006:

Darwin Lamm, the editor of Elvis The Magazine set up a phone interview between me and Al Wertheimer so I could get material for an article celebrating the 50th anniversary of him taking all the photos of Elvis.

Elvis The Magazine - August 2006

Elvis The Magazine – August 2006

Actually, I had two interviews with Al on successive nights totaling 5-1/2 hours.

The best paragraph in this blog post was a thumbnail description of Al‘s experience with Elvis:

During Al Wertheimer’s odyssey, Elvis performed two live concerts, did a rehearsal and two live TV shows, and recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Elvis moved around between three states: New York, Virginia, New York, and Tennessee. There was nearly fifty hours of train travel linking it all together, none of which Al had to share with any other photographers.

This blog article was pretty much a tease for future posts about Al as well as the magazine article, but it hopefully it whetted the readers’ appetites for more.

Al Wertheimer Showing his Photo in Magazine

Al Wertheimer Showing his Photo in Magazine

Click on the article title above to read the whole post.

 

Elvis Departs for GermanyElvisBlog, June 18, 2006:

One thing omitted from most Al Wertheimer biographies is that he also photographed Elvis a second time in 1958 when he boarded an Army troop ship for the trip to Germany. Al was one of 250 reporters, photographers and cameramen, so his photographs weren’t much different than those taken by others.

Elvis Boarding USS General Randall

Elvis Boarding USS General Randall

However, Al told me about some of the things he witnessed that day, like this:

The ship had four decks and soon Elvis appeared on the top one – along with Col. Parker. Wertheimer wondered to himself, “What is Parker doing on a troop ship?” To give something to Elvis, it turned out. Elvis opened a box from Parker, and guess what it contained? Dozens of playing-card-sized autographed photos of Elvis. Then, Elvis flipped then one-by-one over the railing, and they fluttered down to lucky fans standing on the dock four decks below as the band played “Hound Dog.” Just your average troop deployment.

For more of Al’s memories and thoughts about this day, click on the title of the blog article above.

 

Alfred Wertheimer – But His Friends Call Him Al ElvisBlog, July 18, 2006:

Franed Copy of Elvis on his Harley

Franed Copy of Elvis on his Harley

I have referred to Alfred Wertheimer as Al several times so far. This old blog post explains why that is. But the fun part of this article is about the time Elvis took Al for a ride around Memphis on his Harley:

Although Wertheimer had taken almost 4,000 photos of Elvis during the previous week, he had no shots of himself and Elvis together. He tried to correct that while they zipped along on the cycle. He held the camera out as far as he could with one hand and shot back toward their faces. It was a big guessing game as to the proper angle and alignment, so Wertheimer moved the camera around and kept snapping until he ran out of film.

When he developed the prints and discovered his guesses at the correct shooting-backward camera positions were all wrong. He got Elvis’ cap, his nose, and a few full-face shots of Elvis, but none contained his own face, too. Oh well, at least he got to ride on the Harley with Elvis. How many people can say that?

Elvis and Al also ran out of gas on that Harley ride. To read about that and other good stuff, click on the title above.

 

Al Wertheimer: Have Photos, Will TravelElvisBlog, December 9, 2007:

This post resulted from a two-page letter Al sent me outlining his recent travels to Holland, Paris, and China in support of various projects with his Elvis photos.

I also used the occasion to tell about the time that Al inadvertently caused an article I wrote specifically for the 25th Anniversary issue of Elvis The Magazine to get bumped.

…. a four-page picture spread of six photos Al Wertheimer took of Elvis back in 1956… those four-pages were originally supposed to be mine. I had a lengthy article already approved and submitted with art-work at the graphic designer for lay-out. Then, a week before the magazine went to the printer, editor Darwin Lamm acquired six new Al Wertheimer pictures. Of course, he wanted to get them into the issue, but he needed a lot of space so the photos could be presented large size. Guess whose article got cut? It killed me not to be in the biggest and best issue in the magazine’s history.

By now, you know the drill. Click on the title to read about Al’s travels and more.

Only Known Photo with both Elvis and Al Wertheimer in It

Only Known Photo with both Elvis and Al Wertheimer (top left) in It

 

Writing With WertheimerElvisBlog, August 22, 2010:

I got to brag a little in this article. It told the story of how I was selected to write the forward for Al’s latest book of photographs, Elvis: The Early Years, published by earBooks.

The following snippet mentions ‘my article’ which was the one I wrote for Elvis The Magazine — “Al Wertheimer – 7 Days with Elvis, 4,000 photographs, 50 Years Ago”:

Alfred Wertheimer’s last book, “Elvis at Twenty-One,” contained a foreward by noted Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick. EarBOOKs’ editor Astrid Fischer wanted to use somebody new this time, so she did an internet search and found my article. She liked what she read, and she contacted Alfred Wertheimer to get his opinion. He told her he “found the text very good.” Ms. Fischer then contacted me and we worked out a deal for me to write the forward. To say the least, I am thrilled to be associated with an Alfred Wertheimer project.

The rest of the blog post covered four stories about Al and his Elvis photos: two travelling exhibits, the use of twenty images in the new Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis, and Al’s participation in the 2009 Elvis Cruise. Al told a couple of good cruise stories.

Al Wertheimer in his Office Surrounded by His Elvis Photos

Al Wertheimer in his Office Surrounded by His Elvis Photos

 

Elvis: The Early YearsElvisBlog, November 14, 2010:

Elvis   -  The Early Years

Elvis – The Early Years

The title of the forward I wrote for this Al Wertheimer book was “Elvis Presley – Before the Opaque Curtain Fell.”

We agreed on a title for the forward that incorporated a line he had written years earlier. When describing how Col. Parker severely restricted media access to Elvis in late 1956, Wertheimer said, “I believed an opaque curtain had been lowered around Elvis.”

Al kindly gave me permission to reproduce the entire forward on this blog post. Be sure to read this one. If you really want to learn about Al Wertheimer, this is for you.

 

Al Wertheimer Reflects on Photographing “The Kiss” ElvisBlog, August 20, 2011

This one was fun to write. My 2006 phone interviews with Al were preserved on tape. So, when the news came out revealing who the woman in it was in Al’s iconic photo, “The Kiss,” I remembered he had lovingly related every detail about taking this shot. I asked if I could reproduce it word-for-word on ElvisBlog, and he kindly agreed:

I move in three or four feet, I take another shot. And then I go Hollywood. I say, “Well, this is not too good an angle. I can get a better angle than that.” So, I climb up on the handrail, and now I’m three feet away from them. Elvis is up against the wall while she is sort of in his arms.

And now I’m clicking away and they still don’t see me. Totally oblivious to me. I now get courage, so now I’m doing like acrobatics with my legs, leaning forward. I’m practically on top of their heads.

Of course, Al took many shots during this episode, and he gave me the okay to use three of them that illustrated the narrative.

Al Wertheimer Shot of Elvis Moving in for The Kiss

Al Wertheimer Shot of Elvis Moving in for The Kiss

Please check out all of Al’s recollections and pictures in this blog post.

 

Al Wertheimer and the Dreaded Tonto Bar ElvisBlog, March 17, 2012:

By this time, I had been added to a list of email contacts Al would occasionally send stuff to. This post started with a cartoon that he liked and shared with us. When I sent back a thank you to Al, I also included a photo of Elvis on the Steve Allen Show that I had recently found on the internet, and I asked if it was his. It was, but Al said he had a better one and sent it to me. So, that picture ended up on the blog post, too, along with the story about the “Tonto Bar” in it.

Do you know what Elvis is doing here? If you are familiar with his 1956 TV show appearances, you might recognize this shot from the Steve Allen Show. It is from the same night when Elvis had to wear a tux and sing to a real hound dog. Allen had Elvis in a skit about cowboys. Here we see him shooting a dreaded Tonto bar being pulled along the stage on a wire. The skit was pretty lame, but I always enjoy watching Elvis doing it.

Elvis Shooting the Tonto Bar

Elvis Shooting the Tonto Bar

As usual, Al informed me of his latest project. So, this blog post includes news of his “Elvis at Twenty-One” touring exhibition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

One other paragraph in this blog post causes me regret:

I keep asking him if I could do another phone interview, this time about his gig as a film photographer at Woodstock, the 1969 three-day festival of love and peace. Al was on the Woodstock staff. Talk about being in a situation that gives you amazing opportunities for memorable events. You know Al has to have some good stories to tell. I’d be very pleased if I can someday write about them.

Well, I never did get to do that interview, but I will always have fond memories of the other ones with Al Wertheimer.

Al Wertheimer and Elvis' Teddy Bear

Al Wertheimer and Elvis’ Teddy Bear – 1956

Al Wertheimer Signing Elvis at Twenty-One

Al Wertheimer Signing Elvis at Twenty-One – 2012

 

Al often signed his emails

Be well,
Alfred

So, I’ll repeat it here.

Be well, Alfred, and say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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Shades of Elvis

Shades of Elvis Cover 

Are you aware of this book? It was announced April 8 on Elvis.com as “A Photography Book by Christopher Ameruoso and Priscilla Presley. I clicked on the link to see what it was all about, and immediately became impressed with how cool this idea is.

 

Priscilla on Stars and Pets

Although his name was not familiar to me, Christopher Ameruoso is in fact a well-respected photographer whose subjects have included many entertainment celebrities. His first contact with Priscilla occurred in 2011 when he was commissioned to take a photograph of her and the five dogs she had rescued. Here is a page on Amerouso’s website in the Stars and Pets section.

Priscilla wrote the Forward to Shades of Elvis, and she says:

“Looking back on this project, I should have known Christopher Ameruoso and I were destined to be close friends. We met after he photographed me for a national magazine, and I liked him immediately and was deeply impressed by his creative spirit and aesthetic. I was also impressed with his no-nonsense approach.

“… It wasn’t long after our friendship began that Chris approached me with an idea. I usually shy away from hearing pitches – everybody seems to have one — but I felt different with Christopher… I’m happy I listened.”

Forward by Priscilla

 

So what was this concept Priscilla liked so much? The book’s title, Shades of Elvis, gives a clue.

“The idea was to photograph (in classic black-and-white portraiture) artists, icons, and legends while they were wearing Elvis’ original sunglasses, which came from the Memphis archives.

“Even more than that, we wanted to provide the book’s famous subjects with a brief glimpse of the world the way Elvis saw it, through those shades, and then have them share what came to mind.”

Elvis Wearing Classic Shades

 

I love this idea. I might prefer they were color photographs. However, all those famous Elvis pictures Alfred Wertheimer took were black-and-white, and the results were spectacular, so maybe this will be more of the same.

 

Talent featured in Shades of Elvis include:

Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, Billy Gibbons( ZZ-Top), Billy Ray Cyrus, Bo Derek, Buzz Aldrin, Carmen Electra, Celine Dion, Charlie Sheen, Cher, Chuck Garric, David Arquette, David Copperfield, Def Leppard, Eddie Van Halen, Elton John, Elvira, Fran Dresher, Frances Fisher, Gene Simmons, Helen Mirren, Henry Winkler, Holly Madison, Jaclyn Smith, James Tupper, Jillian Michaels, Joe Mantegna, John Corbet, John Stamos, Johnny Depp, Jose Feliciano, Juliette Lewis, Ken Howard, Katherine Ross, Kevin Sorbo, Larry Flynt, Lionel Richie, Lita Ford, Mac Davis Martin Sheen, Meat Loaf, Michael Bubble, Michael Des Barres, Michael Madsen, Mike Tyson, Orianthi, Ozzy Osbourne, Pamela Anderson, Peter Fonda, Rick Springfield, Rob Lowe, Robert Plant, Ron Pearlman, Ronn Moss, Peter Beckett, Rudy Sarzo, Sam Elliott, Sammy Hagar, Scotty McCreery, Shawnee Smith, Snoop Dogg, Stan Lee, Steven Tyler, Steve Perry, Steve Valentine, Taryn Manning, Ted Neeley, Thomas Gibson, Tim Burton, Tom Jones, Tony Hawk, Valerie Bertinelli, Virginia Madsen, Weird Al, Willie Nelson and more.

Personally, I would be most interested to see the photos of Steven Tyler, Elton John, and Elvira.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is the epitome of modern-day rockers, and I’ll bet Elvis’ shades look perfect on him.

Elton John

Elton John has worn glasses and sunglasses of every conceivable style, but Elvis’ shades would be a completely new look.

Elvira

Any picture of Elvira is striking, but one wearing Elvis’ shades would be a gas. Plus, she is probably the only celebrity in the book who had an up-close and personal experience with Elvis, so it would be interesting to see what she says in the quote accompanying her photo.

Speaking of photographs, check out this one of Christopher Ameruoso on the book’s From the Author /Acknowledgements page:

Christopher Ameruoso and Elvis' Shades

Notice he is holding the Elvis sunglasses in his hand and is staring intently at them. My first thought when I saw it was how similar it is to this:

ELO Album Cover

Probably just a coincidence.

 

The link from Elvis.com takes you to www.shadesofelvis.net. If you might be interested in buying the book, you will want to watch the two videos on the home page. You will also notice that there is a 20% discount off the regular price if you order before April 30. Then click on the “Order Book” link, and you might get a bit of a shock – the price is $111.95. This is a huge (12” x 12”) coffee-table book, but that’s a big ticket.

 

It is tempting to show a few of the celebrity photographs from the book, but that’s probably not a good idea. However, there is an advertisement showing two of them wearing the Elvis shades.

 Helen Mirren and Valerie Bertinelli

 

You can find a few more of the photos on the Shades of Elvis Facebook page.

 

Christopher Ameruoso and Priscilla Presley

In conclusion, I think Christopher Ameruoso and Priscilla have come up with an outstanding concept, and I’m sure Shades of Elvis is a very professional expression of it. My only request is that they someday publish a smaller, soft-cover, more affordable version for us average Elvis fans. I’ll bet they would sell lots of them.

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Al Wertheimer and the Dreaded Tonto Bar

I received an unexpected e-mail this week.  It was from Alfred Wertheimer, the most famous Elvis photographer and an interesting guy.  He sent me a joke.  Not just me.  He had a blast e-mail list of folks he shared the joke with, and I was thrilled he had me on his list.

The message was short:

All:     Time out for a good old fashioned laugh.      A W

And, at that point I realized Al had sent me a joke.  Cool.  Here it is:

 

Nice little joke.

When I wrote back to Al to thank him, I enclosed a photo I found on the Internet somewhere and asked him if it was one of his.  And, if it was, could I post it as well and comment on it.  Al was not only nice enough to say Yes, he also sent me a better copy of the photo.

Do you know what Elvis is doing here?  If you are familiar with his 1956 TV show appearances, you might recognize this shot from the from the Steve Allen Show.  It is from the same night when Elvis had to wear a tux and sing to a real hound dog.  Allen had Elvis in a skit about cowboys.  Here we see him shooting a dreaded Tonto bar being pulled along the stage on a wire.  The skit was pretty lame, but I always enjoy watching Elvis doing it.

A couple of observations.  How do you like that wide belt Elvis is wearing?  Maybe a forerunner of things to come?  And, what’s with the white shoes, not cowboy boots?  I asked Alfred, and he said the photo was shot during rehersal.  Elvis wore boots for the live broadcast.

Alfred Wertheimer always has plenty of stuff going on — mostly Elvis related.  I keep asking him if I could do another phone interview, this time about his gig as a film photographer at Woodstock, the 1969 three day festival of love and peace.  Al was on the Woodstock staff.  Talk about being in a situation that gives you amazing opportunities for memorable events.  You know Al has to have some good stories to tell.  I’d be very pleased if I can someday write about them.

For the past two years, Alfred has been involved with the Smithsonian Institution‘s touring exhibition “Elvis At Twenty-One.”

“Elvis At twenty-One” features forty of his famous photographs of Elvis, and it opened in January 2010 et the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  The exhibition’s three-month run at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond just ended.  Click here for a great review of this exhibit by Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog.

Alfred Wertheimer Describing One of his Photographs of Elvis Performing in Richmond, VA. July 1956

During April, May and June, “Elvis At Twenty-One” will be presented at the Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas.  the exhibition tour ends next year in Columbus Ohio, after stops in Memphis and Nashville.

Alfred Wertheimer Signing Copies of His Book “Elvis at 21”

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