The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Western Union Telegraph Company was created in 1856 from the merger of two larger telegraph companies. Western Union purchased smaller companies and in 1861 had the first transcontinental service. Ever evolving, Western Union introduced a money transfer service in 1871 and by 1900 had a million miles of telegraph lines. In 1958, to address the changing needs of its consumers, it created the telex service, followed quickly by Candygrams for Valentine’s Day in 1959. Despite decades of growth, Western Union experienced difficulties resulting from changing technologies and ways of communication in the early 1980s, and in 2006 officially announced the end of its telegram and messaging services. Today, Western Union concentrates on and is widely known for its money transfer services. However, during and after WWII, telegraph services were still widely used. 

Offered is a prime example of a telefax sent from Clyde Cox to Ms. Vernon Presley at Methodist Hospital with the message, “SO SORRY YOU ARE SICK WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR YOU WITH LOVE.” Throughout the summer of 1958 Gladys was in ill health and on August 9th was rushed to the hospital. Just five days later, Gladys Presley passed away from an undiagnosed liver ailment. This telefax marks that dark period in the summer of 1958 when Elvis’ mother’s heath suffered a rapid decline. The telefax, with its silvered carbon back, comes with the original envelope containing the company name and slogan on the front and back. Also included is copy of a handwritten letter from Patsy Presley that reads, “Enclosed please find telegram, letters & radiograms and Father’s Day Greeting which we agreed upon.” The telefax measures 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches (11.43 x 16.51 cm), the envelope measures 3 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches (9.52 x 17.14 cm) and both are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The telegram is in good condition overall with a crease across the top third quadrant. The envelope is in good condition with typical discoloration from age.
1958 Western Union Telegram to Mrs. Vernon Presley While She Was in Methodist Hospital
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $187.50
Estimate: $300 - $500
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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