Every day is a discovery at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, and never has that been more true than when the negatives for three never before seen photos of Elvis were uncovered this summer in a collection of papers found in the Graceland office of Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley.
The newly-discovered photos show a twenty-two year old Elvis at the gates of Graceland in 1957 shortly after he purchased the mansion and the now famous gates were installed as an added security measure. The three rare photos have never been published, although a 4th photo from the same series has appeared on a limited basis in Elvis focused publications. Elvis is photographed just inside the gates signing autographs as a crowd of adoring fans seeks his autograph. A number of fans are even pictured on top of the famous fieldstone wall and brick columns that surround Elvis’ Memphis estate, appearing as if they are about to rush over the wall to greet Elvis. At the time, Elvis was celebrating an eight week run at #1 on the charts with the hit tune, “All Shook Up.”
As part of Elvis’ 75th Birthday year-long celebration that leads up to Elvis Week 2010, the photos will go on display in the Elvis Lives Exhibit at Graceland beginning July 1st through the end of Elvis Week on August 16th. Elvis Lives is a FREE and interactive exhibit area that allows you to experience how Elvis influenced pop culture as we know it today. Through video, photos and special displays, you will be able to trace Elvis’ impact on music and the world.