Long-lost Elvis Photos For Tupelo Documentary

A collection of long-lost photos of Elvis that turned up in Dublin in 1997 will be included in a new documentary by Tupelo filmmaker Roy Turner. The photos were found by Maurice Colgan in a market in Dublin. 20 pages stapled together in what appears to be a printer's proof, which was once used as a preliminary step to printing a book. The photos are all from the Mississippi-Alabama Fair of 1956, which was declared the Elvis Homecoming Fair. One picture shows marching bands on parade and a street banner proclaiming "Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home", other images show Elvis on stage for a daytime and a nighttime show and shots of Elvis enjoying the fair and accepting a guitar as a gift from the mayor. Turner's documentary, "Elvis Homecoming 1956," will be released June 3. Theater screenings are still being negotiated. It will also be available on DVD. The booklet referred to in this story is an obscure release with no publishing details and the date on the cover is incorrect - Elvis' Tupelo concert was the day before, September 26, 1956. The concert was filmed by Fox Movietone News.
Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Jan 24, 2006 
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Sheila (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2006report abuse
A book like that...why can't I find this in Barnes & Noble ot Borders? All I find is cheap books and no rare photos!!
scatter (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2006report abuse
Maurice is right, there's another bus on the way. I picked up a copy of this booklet years ago. Its a superb photo booklet. There's a rare picture in it showing Elvis getting out of a car upon his arrival in Tupelo for the concert.
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 26, 2006report abuse
Steve Morse, has kindly sent me 2 photos from his copy of the "Elvis Come Home" booklet by e-mail and they match mine. So Steve is correct and therefore there must be many more in existence. I started searching for info about the booklet before 2003 so it just goes to show researching Elvis stuff can be very frustrating indeed. Of course many more people will see the 27 photos now, so the story will nevertheless, have a happy ending:-)
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
No problem Steve. Whatever the outcome it will not be well known by the vast majority of Elvis fans so the photos will be appreciated anyway. Nevertheless it is interesting how little is known of the booklet by the Elvis fans on the web. But just like buses, dozens may appear now:-)
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
Maurice, I have now e-mailed you separately, as you are well aware, and I will send you a sample scan. I will undoubtedly have the original advert for this booklet (slightly smaller than A4) somewhere in my collection, but the complete absence of printing or publishing information, and therefore a date, would make finding it possibly an all-day job! As I still work 5-days a week, this would not be easy to accommodate.
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
That's strange then Steve Morse, I've been asking about the "Elvis Comes Home" booklet on the major Elvis message boards for a few years now. Perhaps you will scan your better copy for us all to see?
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
These are NOT long-lost photos. The booklet was freely available through Elvis fan magazines, around 20 (?) years ago. I have my copy which is in mint condition, unlike the tattered one recently illustrated on the web (probably the one referred to in the news item). The photos are indeed excellent, and beautifully printed on very nice paper. I am sure many fans have this booklet in their collections.
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
The Elvis Presley homecoming to Tupelo photos will be just a tiny part of the Roy Turner Documentary. Obviously the well known newsreel film and perhaps amateur 8mm cine film will also be shown along with people who witnessed it all telling ther own personal stories of the Historic event. According to all reports we Elvis fans are in for a very nice treat. Elvis fans everywhere, even here in Irelandtoo, are looking forward to the Documentary on DVD when it becomes available.
Poffe (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2006report abuse
A documentary film that consists of still photos? It appears to me that it would be better to release the material in book form. I'm looking forward to see the live photos from the Tupelo show with audio in synch - and when such a film is released I will buy it. But maybe they didn't film that much...
Colonel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2006report abuse
I really can't wait for that DVD/Film. Seems like they have quite a bit of interesting material....

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