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

This collection our four letters offers a fascinating glimpse into the stress and pressures of working for and pleasing the Colonel. The first, dated October 29, 1956 from Trude Forsher to Colonel Parker on her husband Bruno's letterhead, is a plea for forgiveness for whatever error Trude may have made and an appeal to the Colonel to end his silence. Trude closes by adjusting her title to “Colonel Parkers Secretary in charge of checking up that her boss is not cross with her.” As an added measure, Bruno types a short note of appreciation which ends with “‘There is no business like showbusiness’, especially when you can see it sitting next to the driver’s seat.” The response comes from Tom Diskin on November 6 when he replies that, “The Colonel wanted me to assure you that the only reason he hasn’t been able to write back is because of the pressure of business. I don’t think anybody can appreciate this more than you…” Both letters mention Elvis’ second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Trude should have felt much relief. 

When Tom writes again on December 27 requesting that she contact Paramount to ready Colonel Parker’s office at their studio for January 11, with a handwritten post script to keep it on the QT so “as far as you know only Mr. Diskin will be there,” it’s back to business as usual. And business was keeping Trude busy with the start of filming for Loving You. Trude’s hard work pays off, literally, as noted in the next letter from Tom dated March 27, 1957 in which she is awarded a bonus. 

This grouping of informative letters during this active time in Elvis’ career is an ideal peek into the mechanisms that kept the West Coast wheels spinning. Two of the Tom Diskin letters measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), one measures 9 by 8 1/2 inches (22.86 x 21.59 cm) and the Trude Forsher letter measures 10 1/2 by 7 1/4 inches (26.67 x 18.42 cm). The group 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 Second <em>Ed Sullivan</em> Appearance and Filming of <em>Loving You</em> – Signed by Trude Forsher and Tom Diskin*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $437.50
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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