The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
One can only imagine the excitement at Jean and Pam Drew’s meeting of the Chicago-based “E.P. Continentals Fan Club” as all the members donned their special paper hats sent directly from Colonel Parker’s office. Luckily they saved one, leaving us with a very clean, unsullied example. The hat reads “AVAILABLE AT RCA VICTOR DEALERS ELVIS’ ‘G.I. BLUES’ ALBUM” and features an illustration of Elvis in his Army uniform. The original Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation mailing envelope has a stamped return address of “Col. Parker’s Office Bungalow 5,” with a large “ELVIS NOW AT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX” stamp right below it. The letter, postmarked from Beverly Hills, California on November 22, 1960, reads:
Dear Jean & Pam: One hundred Elvis Presley paper overseas hats are being sent to you and the members of your club with the compliments of Colonel Parker. The Colonel had these made up as a souvenir of the “G. I. Blues” movie and the LP album. You might like to wear these for your meetings, for your projects or when you go to see the picture. Sorry, but additional hats are not available. We send best wishes to you all. Sincerely, Tom Diskin
This is a unique combination of this sought-after souvenir hat and the actual correspondence from Colonel Parker’s office to a fan club. The hat measures 5 by 11 inches (12.7 x 27.94 cm); the framed display measures 22 by 15 inches (55.88 x 38.1 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The letter, envelope and hat appear to have few, if any, defects. Near Mint condition.