The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Colonel Parker began a club with a group of his fellow promoters that he called the “Snowmens League,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to their trade, since the definition of the act of “snowing” someone is to “impress, deceive or persuade your audience.” Famous for their marketing skills, the Snowmen knew all the tricks, perhaps pulling a bit from all three categories, to orchestrate successful promotional campaigns. Offered are Janelle McComb's personal "Snowmen's League" membership items, which she received after being "inducted" into the league in 1981. The gold “lifetime membership” club card is engraved on the front “From The Potentate / Snowmens League of America / Igloo Office” and the reorder information is printed repeatedly on the reverse. The card measures 2 by 3 1/4 inches (5.08 x 8.25 cm). The June 17, 1981, letter, on official Snowmen's League of America LTD." stationary, informs Janelle that she was "granted the enclosed membership in our exclusive Snow Club." The letter is signed "Potentate," in what is most likely Colonel Parker's hand. The booklet entitled "Confidential Report Dealing with Advanced Techniques of Member Snowers," measuring 6 by 3.75 inches (15.24 x 9.53 cm), is also signed "Potentate" and assigned to Janelle McComb on the reverse. Also included are three 10 by 8 inch (25.4 x 20.32 cm) photos of Janelle with Elvis and Linda Thompson at Graceland, Janelle and Colonel Parker and Colonel Parker with the Snowmen's League mascot. The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
There is significant wear to the front and back of the card from use. The upper right corner is worn to bare metal and some of the wear on the reverse make the words illegible. Surface scratches on front indicate repeated movement in a pocket or wallet.