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

Elvis was inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958 and while he was performing his civic duty, the Colonel and his staff stayed plenty busy back at home keeping the Elvis fan fires burning. Offered is a collection of four (4) letters emanating directly from the Trude Forsher archive that provide a glimpse into the mechanisms keeping the Elvis machine running. The first letter, dated March 31, 1958, just one week after Elvis departs for military duty, is to Trude from Tom Diskin, and in it he mentions the “mountain of mail” confronting them and how “the Colonel will need a long rest after this one.” Obviously, fans were eager to communicate with their idol. The second letter, dated June 6, 1958 to Trude from Tom discusses “Judy” and suggests diffusing her claim to be Elvis’ secretary by pointing out that it would be an embarrassing position for Judy as they cannot misrepresent the facts to fans. Given the date, the fact that Tom is requesting Trude speak with her on the West Coast, and the remaining content of the letter, one can assume this to be Judy Spreckles. The third letter, dated October 17, 1958, to Trude from the Colonel himself, discusses Lee Gordon and the Colonel’s hopes of him finding his own way. Lee was a promoter in Australia with Big Show tours who attempted to arrange for Elvis to tour down under without success, although he was involved with several short tours in the U.S. in March and September of 1957. In this same letter, the Colonel takes an entire paragraph to remind Trude of the importance of including a return address on her correspondence. In the fourth and final letter, dated, March 11, 1960 from Tom Diskin to Trude, he simply thanks her for clippings and keeps it short due to being “very busy since the return of ELVIS to the United States.” Elvis’ absence certainly provided the Colonel with no break and it’s evident from the last missive that the frenzy only increased upon his return. Each engaging and descriptive letter measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the grouping is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The letters present with minor wrinkling and age-related toning and filing wear. Excellent to Mint condition.
Group of Four Letters Concerning Elvis Presley’s Career While in the Army – Signed by Colonel Tom Parker and Tom Diskin*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $406.25
Estimate: $400 - $600
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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