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

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. The honor of being called a “snowman” was bestowed on a tight group of clever individuals.

 Offered is a collection of Trude Forsher’s own membership ephemera including: her membership certificate that states, “Snowmens League of America / Trude Forsher / Lifetime Member—Maybe? / Chief Potentate Col. Tom Parker / This Membership Can Be Cancelled At Any Time By Any Potentate Snower”; her Membership Card, signed “Col. Tom Parker” that states in part, “This will certify that SNOWESS FORSHER is a Genuine Snower in good standing. This card can be signed Only by the High Potentate, and there is a chance it isn’t good even then. INTERMEDIATE SNOWESS”; and two missives to Colonel Parker from Trude where she references her “Snowman” status. The first is a handwritten note on a sheet from a Beverly Wilshire Hotel notepad, measuring 5 1/2 by 4 inches (13.97 x 10.16 cm), that reads in part, “Dear Colonel: We wish you a very wonderful birthday today. Good health, happiness and success always. I hope my little gift for the Snow Office arrived in time. … From the temporary Snowess.” The other piece of correspondence is a carbon copy, on both sides of a piece of Paramount Pictures letterhead, measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), which reads, in part, “...Life seems like one big snow job most of the time. But I do not feel like snowing unless I am at Snow-Head-Quarters. After all, one needs the right sort of equipment. Instead of a snowstorm we are having a heatwave, so you can see I feel quite out of my element. Respectfully yours, Temporarily suspended snoman first class apprentice of the special Alaska Brigade.” 

Trude’s Snowmens membership certificate measures 5 1/2 by 7 3/4 inches (13.97 x 19.69 cm), and her Snowmens League Membership Card measures 2 1/4 by 3 12 inches (5.72 x 8.89 cm). The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



All items have moderate toning but are free of major defects. Excellent condition overall.
Trude Forsher’s Personal “Snowmens League of America” Certificate, Membership Card and Related Documents (2)*
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Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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