There's probably no telling how much fan mail Elvis probably received on
a daily basis. As his career took off in the '50s it likely started
coming in by the sack fulls and it likely required an industry almost of
its own to reply to most of it. Last week, our friend Steve sent
us his story about being at
CBS Studio 50 and seeing the Beatles perform
on one their Ed Sullivan appearances.
This week he's shared with us a few items he's had before that when he
was 10 years old and wrote to Elvis in 1961 and 1962:
I have two letters from Elvis to me, no kidding. They are form letters,
but from Memphis. I was a BIG Elvis fan before the Beatles.
Steve's first letter from "Elvis" postmarked January 13,
Steve's first letter from "Elvis"
Well I was 10 or so when I got the letters. The Long letter was Xeroxed except for "Steven". "Steven" was hand
written in, and you can see the ink had dried in the pen, so as the name
was being written the color changes. The paper was normal stock, similar
to computer printer paper. He gives info on his location
"back in Hollywood" but the envelope is from Memphis.
Steve's second letter from "Elvis"
Steve's second letter from Elvis, oddly postmarked January 25,
The second one is an extremely thin pink sheet of paper. Onionskin I
believe. It is clearly a different style from the first, especially the
signature. I believe Elvis wrote the 1st one and it was mass produced
except for the name. The pink one probably was by staff. EITHER
way, I wrote to Elvis and he was kind enough to respond.
Originally it had a label addressed to me but I
wanted to see what was under the label. You can see my name imprinted
thru the label. We had moved, did that a lot.
Next up 2 actual DIG
magazine photos my older brother got, he was a big Elvis fan too.
Elvis and Hal Wallis (1956) in Steve's DIG magazine
Elvis and fans (1956) in Steve's DIG magazine photo
Now this is just a page from a magazine. I believe it is from DIG. Anyway
Elvis has the same suit on and is with the same guy [Hal Wallace??] in
one photo. I'm giving you both sides of the page to help figure out its
source. Note - my mother had these cool scissors [to a 10 year
old] that were zigzag.
Elvis and Hal Wallis, from a magazine clipping
Judy Spreckles helps Elvis go through some of his fan
mail, from a magazine clipping
March 8, 2010