The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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From The Trude Forsher Collection

It was common for the Colonel to don a Santa suit in the images used for holiday greetings sent from Elvis and the Colonel beginning as early as 1958. While not included on their Christmas card greetings every year, they continued the tradition through the 1970s every so often. Trude Forsher worked as the Colonel and Elvis’ west coast secretary from 1956 until 1961, so the offered photo dates from that early period. The photo is inscribed “To Jamie from The Colonel.” “Jamie” is Trude Forsher’s son James. 

In both 1958 and 1959, the Colonel appears within an inset cameo on the Christmas cards with a more triangular Santa beard. He appears again three times on the 1960 Christmas card, on which the three images of Elvis and Colonel as Santa are inset on ornaments. This studio image of the Colonel in his Santa costume was taken at the time of the 1960-issued holiday greetings because in 1961, holiday greetings included only Elvis wearing a Hawaiian lei. This early black-and-white photo of the Colonel in his Santa Claus costume measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The photo presents with only very mild waviness at the top and bottom. Near Mint condition.
Colonel Tom Parker Signed and Inscribed Photo of Himself as Santa Claus from the Photo Shoot for Elvis Presley’s 1960 Christmas Card*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $406.25
Estimate: $200 - $400
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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