The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From the Trude Forsher Collection

Well after the end of her employ by Colonel Parker and Elvis, Trude, along with her family, stayed in touch with the Parkers and retained a lasting friendship, including the years when Colonel Parker’s wife was in poor health. Offered is a collection of correspondence from Colonel Parker to Trude and/or James Forsher (Trude’s son) from the 1980s and ’90s that includes:

  • Easter greeting card signed and inscribed “our best to all 3 of you - Mrs. Parker and the Colonel,” measuring 6 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches (15.87 x 11.43 cm); 
  • Typed letter, dated November 12, 1974, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to James Forsher that reads, “Thank you for your note. I have been busy in and out setting up concerts etc. As for your plans, do what you feel you want to do. Do not let anything interfere with what you feel you like to do most. That way you will feel always free and do everything freely on your own; and you will come out better. Best to your mother.”;
  • Typed letter, dated April 9, 1981, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to Trude thanking her for the note, sending Easter wishes and mentioning Aunt Marie with a post script noting the death of Mr. Taurog in Palm Desert;
  • Typed letter, dated August 25, 1981, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to “Friend Trude” thanking her for note and mentioning that “Aunt Marie is being well taken care of by the ladies. She does not know anyone any more. Can’t walk or talk and is totally helpless and has to be fed by spoon.”;
  • Typed letter, dated October 20, 1981, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to “Friend Trude” in which Colonel Parker writes, “I do appreciate your comments about your manuscript. I think it would not be in a good period now with all the smut that they are printing for me to go over a manuscript as it would appear that I was trying to get someone to say nice things about me and Elvis and I would not want to put you in the middle should someone ask if I had talked to you about this. You can say at least that the Colonel never saw this manuscript. In fairness to you this is best.”; 
  • Christmas themed note with envelope, dated December 10, 1981, to Trude “Wishing you and your family the best Christmas and Happy New Year” signed “Colonel,” measuring 7 7/8 by 5 3/4 inches (20.0 x 14.6 cm); 
  • Typed letter, dated April 15, 1982, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to James Forsher thanking him for the invitation to reception but sending regrets because, “as you know on weekends I have to go to Palm Springs to take care of the nurses who take care of Aunt Marie.” He also sends greets to James “Mother” Trude; 
  • Typed letter, dated August 30, 1982, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to James Forsher mentioning a nice visit with James’ mother (Trude) and that she is very proud of him, also mentions Jock Mahoney being an old friend going back 30 years;
  • Handwritten note and typed addressed envelope, dated December 15, 1982, that reads, “Friend Trudy - Aunt Marie is back home - We had her in the hospital for 10 days - thanks for your card - and give my best to the boys - also everything good for all of you for 1983 - Sincerely, The Colonel,” measuring 8 by 6 inches (20.32 x 15.24 cm);
  • Typed letter, dated April 18, 1983, to James Forsher on Thomas A. Parker letterhead acknowledging receipt of new address and sending congratulations on financing; 
  • Typed letter, dated May 30, 1984, on Thomas A. Parker letterhead to “Friend Trude” thanking her for note, while sending instructions for future correspondence to be sent to the office in Tennessee and mentioning his attendance at Nudie’s funeral with whom he’d been friends for 40 years; 
  • Typed letter, dated March 6, 1986, on Las Vegas Hilton letterhead to Trude mentioning that he has no office furniture and that “what I needed here, I brought with me, the balance of the office furniture did not belong to me, but to R.C.A”; and
  • Typed letter, dated July 25, 1988, (with envelope) containing greetings to Trude and explanation that he doesn’t “stay put in one place for long.”

Each letter, unless otherwise indicated, measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the group of thirteen (13) missives from the Colonel is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The collection of letters and notes are in excellent condition overall exhibiting very few signs of age or handling.
Collection of 13 Colonel Parker Signed Letters from the 1970s and 1980s*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $400 - $800
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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