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

As the personal secretary for Colonel Parker and Elvis during the late 1950s and early ’60s, Trude Forsher was privy to the inner workings of the promotional machine the Colonel created and one can only imagine the topics heard, seen and recorded during this early period of Elvis’ music and movie career by Trude. Perhaps the most telling proof is the list of contacts contained in Trude’s address books, and offered are over 100 pieces of ephemera from various address books and notepads (likely before being transcribed to a new address book) that includes:

  • Various pieces of paper containing notes with contact names and addresses;
  • Several business cards; 
  • Pages from Trude’s diary, notebook and address book from 2102 Manning Avenue, Los Angeles 25 / Twentieth Century Fox / 276-2211, including contacts for Ronald Reagan, George Patton, Gary Pepper, Tony Curtis, William Morris, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Adam West, Burt Ward, Marlene Dietrich, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, Roy Rogers, Red Skelton, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Yul Brynner, John Wayne and many others;
  • Manila envelope titled in black marker, “Addresses: Working” which likely originally housed the many loose sheets of contacts and information; 
  • Thirty-seven (37) legal-size lined pages with contact names, notes and shorthand; and
  • Newspaper clipping titled “Elvis Presley Sued Over Car Death.”

The ephemera collection greatly varies in size with the largest measuring 12 1/2 by 8 inches (31.75 x 20.32 cm). This grouping of over 100 pieces is a treasure trove of contacts for those individuals and companies important in the lives of the Colonel, Elvis and Trude during the earliest years of Elvis’ wildly successful career. The collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



Most of the pages in this ephemera collection are discolored from age and vary in condition as they have been torn out, separated or removed from other notebooks and address books. All are very legible despite the varying condition. The manila envelope has seen heavy use over the years.
Trude Forsher Phone Book Pages and Office Notes From “Love Me Tender” Era and Into the 1960s (Over 100 Pieces)*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $750.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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