The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From the Trude Forsher Collection

Trude Forsher, secretary for Colonel Parker and Elvis in Hollywood from 1956 to early 1961, played a vital role in the machine that was the branding of Elvis Presley. Indispensable to Colonel Parker when he was on the West Coast negotiating movie deals for Elvis, Trude often took dictation in shorthand on the offered steno pads. In a personal blend of German-English shorthand decipherable by only Trude herself, one can only image the topics discussed on these pages. The pair of stenographer notebooks, each with top metal spiral binding, are chock full of Trude’s shorthand with occasional handwritten names and notes scattered throughout including references to Sun Records, Fontana, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Hippodrome, George Jessel, Aberbachs - take railroad Sunday - Party Saturday Sept 8th - Sat 15th Yom Kippur, Nina Koshetz, 1034 Audubon, Liberace, Steve Sholes, a draft of personal thanks to Colonel Parker for hiring her, and much more.  Each notebook appears to contain a combination of dictation, notes and reminders. Trude’s son recalls that at one point even his mother was unable to read her own shorthand, so the secrets written in these pages could very well remain forever. Each spiral notebook measures 9 by 6 inches (22.86 x 15.24 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The notebooks are in excellent, used condition.
Pair of Trude Forsher’s Spiral-Bound Stenographer’s Notebooks with Shorthand Notes Concerning Day to Day Career of Elvis Presley Circa 1956*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $500.00
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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