The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Colonel Parker and some of his counterparts were members in the Snowmens League: as the name suggests, these masters of promotion would use a plethora of means to persuade and market deals in their client’s favor. The honor of being called a “snowman” was bestowed on a tight group of clever individuals. Offered is a collection of letters from Tom Diskin, assistant to the head Snowman Colonel Parker, with wonderful content.
The first letter is dated April 9, 1958 to Trude Forsher on Thomas A. Parker covered wagon stationery. It is signed by Tom Diskin with a handwritten correction in the first sentence and states in part, “You should spend a little time each day in your office there and snow somebody just to keep in practice. We are quite busy catching up on the deluge of mail that followed Elvis’ induction.”
A second unsigned letter to Tom Diskin, typed on the back of two pages of yellow Paramount Pictures Corporation Inter-Office Communication stationery, is dated April 24, 1958. It includes a response to Tom in the second paragraph, which states, “Thanks for your advice about snowing every day a little in my snow office. I try. I work and I snow and I daydream in my little office. But its [sic] time that you and the Colonel come out again.” The letter continues to describe in detail recent business and activities.
A third letter, dated June 15, 1959 on Thomas A. Parker covered wagon stationery, is signed by Tom Diskin in blue ink and is addressed to Trude. It jovially reads in part:
The weather being as warm as it has these past few weeks here has curtailed seriously my output of snow - in fact I have been reduced to an irregular drip. While events of earth shaking importance have been occurring I haven’t done much more than tighten up the hammock a little and double the order on the mint juleps. I have to date been able to fight the urge to exercise and other such violent movements. I am faced with the loss of my sub-potentate title which I had on a loan-out having snowed one of the members in good standing into thawing himself out. My only hope for retaining the title a little longer is to present the high potentates with a boquet [sic] of orchids grown on the north pole. And me without a seed.
The last and fourth letter of the collection is signed by Tom Diskin and dated March 3, 1961 on Thomas A. Parker covered wagon stationery to Mrs. Lee Grubb. In this letter Tom discusses a show in Memphis, the next performance in Hawaii on March 25th, and the motion picture schedule of three pictures beyond that. This letter comes with the original mailing envelope.
The amusing content and banter in this collection shows the good humor with which the Snowmen conducted themselves. Each letter from this collection with comical content measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm). Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The 1958 letter has a rust stain from a paperclip in upper left corner; the 1961 letter has the bottom right corner folded and horizontal fold lines from being mailed; the 1959 letter shows some minor edge discoloration. The envelope has been used, mailed and was cut along the top edge when opened. All are in overall Excellent condition.