The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
Category:
Search By:
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/13/2019

Pinback buttons and pennants were and still are a popular form of advertising. Pinback buttons were often worn as an accessory, carrying the promotion of an idol on one’s person for all to see. The use and popularity of advertising buttons started in the political arena in the U.S. in the time of George Washington and continues to be used for promotional advertising today. While differing in their functional use, pennants are a popular alternative for display advertising. The tradition of using colorful triangular souvenir pennants to represent schools, sports teams, clubs, etc. began around the turn of the 20th century. They were constructed of felted wool decorated with insignias, letters, names and logos of the affiliation they represented. In the 1950s, as the popularity of cars blossomed and adventure awaited on the open road, destination pennants arrived on the scene. It was not long before pennants were made for every beloved pastime and affinity, including musical groups and entertainers.

Offered is an incredible collection of a variety of Elvis buttons and pennants issued over the years. The collection includes:

  • “I HATE ELVIS” red, white and blue button, 3 1/2 inch (8.89 cm) diameter;
  • “I HATE ELVIS” blue and white button, 3 1/2 inch (8.89 cm) diameter;
  • “OY GEVALT ELVIS” red, white and blue button, 3 1/2 inch (8.89 cm) diameter;
  • “I LIKE ELVIS” red, white and blue button, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “I LIKE ELVIS” red and white button, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “I HATE ELVIS” blue and white button, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “LOVE ME TENDER” red and white button, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB” blue button with gold lettering, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “I LOVE ELVIS” yellow button with black and red lettering, 1 3/4 inch (4.44 cm) diameter;
  • “Best Wishes Elvis Presley” photograph image button, 3 inch (7.62 cm) diameter;
  • “I LOVE ELVIS” gold bendable lapel pin with blue and red type, 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (8.25 x 5.71 cm); 
  • “ELVIS IN PERSON” white bendable lapel pin with red and blue lettering, 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (8.25 x 5.71 cm);
  • “ELVIS IN PERSON” silver bendable lapel pin with red and blue type, 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (8.25 x 5.71 cm);
  • “ELVIS WE LOVE YOU” yellow bendable lapel pin with red and blue type, 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches (8.25 x 5.71 cm); 
  • Five (5) VARI-VUE flickers, one measuring 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter, three measuring 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in diameter, one measuring 2 1/2 by 2 inches (6.35 x 5.08 cm);
  • Three (3) RCA VICTOR record charms, “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “Hard Headed Woman,” each 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter;
  • “The Elvis Presley World Wide Fan Club” 1 1/4 inch (3.17 cm) diameter;
  • Twenty-four (24) different buttons, including 11 gold-toned pins with song titles, each 7/8 inch (2.22 cm) diameter; and 
  • Four (4) pennants, each measuring 11 3/4 by 29 inches (29.81 x 73.66 cm) that include two “I Love Elvis” in red and black, and two picture photograph pennants.

Elvis created a movement in music that not only helped to create rock ‘n’ roll as we know it today, but forever changed the face of music. As with any pioneer, he had fans and detractors alike. Each side was able to advertise their opinion of the leader of this movement through the use of advertising like the offered pinback buttons and pennants. Opponents to the new musical style might don the “I HATE ELVIS” buttons, while his supporters had the much wider range of choices given Elvis’ overwhelming popularity. The eclectic group of 51 advertising buttons and pennants is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



All of the buttons are in excellent condition with some better. The “I Hate Elvis” is the least favorable with staining on the front and heavy rust on the reverse. The “Best Wishes” button has handwritten notations on the reverse. Otherwise all of the other buttons are in excellent condition. The pennants are all in excellent condition with normal pinhole marks from hanging.
Extensive Elvis Presley Button and Pennant Collection – 51 Pieces!
Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $875.00
Estimate: $400 - $800
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
Email A Friend
Ask a Question
Have One To Sell

Auction Notepad

 

You may add/edit a note for this item or view the notepad:  

Submit    Delete     View all notepad items