The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
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 pad. In a personal blend of German English shorthand decipherable by only Trude herself, one can only image the topics discussed on these pages. The notebook, with top metal spiral binding, is chock full of this German English shorthand with occasional handwritten names and notes scattered throughout like, “Elizabeth Scott,” “Wendell Cory,” “All Star Shows,” “Tom Mosley,” “NBC” and “Elvis Presley.” 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 may remain forever. The spiral notebook measures 9 1/4 by 6 inches (23.49 x 15.24 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The steno notebook is in good, well used condition.