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Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:58 am

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania Sports Arena
Friday April 5th 1957 7.00pm and 9.00 pm
Saturday April 6th 1957 2.30 pm and 8.00 pm

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The Press conference takes place in the Sports Arena Interview room,April 5th around 6.00pm. Elvis sits on a table (and ignores the prepared chair for him)He wears a black velvet shirt,black suit with white shoes and socks. George Klien can be seen far left of the image.

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Elvis : " I haven't got to the point where I'm completely at ease with this sort of thing"
Reporter : "How long can you stay atop the music world?"
Elvis : " I don't know whether I am going to last,my future is uncertain,but I simply take one day at a time,and take whatever comes with each".

Reporter : " Do You think people will come to see you in five years from now?"
Elvis : "I won't predict the future,they may not,people get tired of you,you don't stay hot forever"
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Reporter : "Do you believe yours,or any kind of music could cause juvenile delinqency?"
Elvis : "The kids might dance and yell a bit,but they aren't robbing anybody"

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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel**

Reporter : "Is there a special girl in your life Elvis?"
Elvis : " There is none-period,I wouldn't object to getting married,"
Reporter : "How about to one of your fans?"
Elvis : "Yeh,I would just to have to fall in love with somebody"
Reporter : "What quality would you look for ?"
Elvis : "Female"
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Elvis lent forward,whilst sat on the desk,and a large medallion was dangling from his neck,which fell out of his open shirt "That? It was given to me last thursday night in Ottawa,what it's significance is I wouldn't know". Elvis also mentioned that a girl had given him the medallion.

( The medallion was almost certainly given to Elvis,by a fan at the afternoon Press conference on Wednesday 3rd,Ottawa)

At this point,the interview stopped while Jeanne Mount,fourteen year old from Philadelphia presented Elvis with a small brown and white teddy bear.

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"Thank you" replied Elvis as he then went on to explain that he had a collection of over two hundred stuffed animals.

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The Elvis Presley Game was manufactured under license from Elvis Presley Enterprises by 'Teen-Age Games Inc. based in West Springfield Massachusetts.It looks like an executive from the games company has travelled the relatively short journey to present Elvis with the new 1957 release.





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A screen grab from a short 16mm film segment from April 5th 1957 has surfaced,in which Elvis can be seen with and without his guitar,laughing to the camera in the same room as the press conference,and is supposedly some kind of 'Screen Test for the movie Jailhouse Rock'. I have doubts about this because a screen test done by a company like MGM would have more than likely been shot on 35mm. The chap who Elvis hands his guitar is unknown,but is not Director Richard Thorpe. It can be seen on 'Elvis The Great Performances Centre Stage' and 'Elvis Presley - Hot Shots & Cool Clips Vol. 3' trailer here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g-pSA78flU
http://www.keithflynn.com/video/philade ... e-1957.wmv

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A group of high school newspaper reporters interview Elvis, April 5th 1957 (TUL,Urban Archives,Philadelphia/Elvis 57 Alan Hanson)

Questions were : "Is it true you can't get married before you're twenty three-that's it's in your contract?"," What are your most memorable high school experiences (no answer from Elvis) We'll didn't you have any?

Question : What do you think of your first movie?
Elvis : "It was pretty horrible,acting's not something you learn overnight. I knew that picture was bad when it was completed. I'm my own worst critic,but my next picture is different,I know I done better job in it"

Question from Rochelle : What about the future?
Elvis : "I just take every day as it comes,I don't plan too far ahead,there'll be record albums of course and movies too,don't know any more,maybe I'll go back to driving a truck"

From the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin,April 6th 1957,'Press Conference:High School Reporters Keep their Poise Interviewing Elvis'

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Elvis and Jimmy Velvet backstage,April 5th 1957,Philadelphia Sports Arena.
Jimmy Velvet : After meeting Elvis again in 1956,I wound up joining the Air Force. Sometime after basic training,I was stationed at Mitchell Air Force Base on Long Island. When Elvis was playing in Philadelphia at the arena.I took the train over,and I wore a jacket he had given me-a plaid jacket. I was trying real hard to get backstage,and they wouldn't let me,even though I had a backstage pass Elvis had signed. It said :'This will admit bearer backstage at any time,Elvis Presley Show',signed by Elvis. I think the message was rubber-stamped or something. It wasn't very official looking. They wouldn't let me in,but I kept trying, finally I got a guy to take back to Elvis some pictures of him and me together and the pass he had given me. Elvis sent for me,and I went back.

I took pictures that night with Elvis,I don't know whatever happened to those pictures,but I do have some of Elvis' band members- Bill Black,D.J.Fontana,Scotty Moore.

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D.J.Fontana,Scotty Moore,Jimmy Velvet holding the guitar that Elvis would use on stage and Bill Black lost in thought backstage on the evening of 5th April 1957,Philadelphia Sports Arena.

Details of the guitar that Elvis used on this tour here : http://scottymoore.net/56J200.html

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The Jordanaires entertain the crowd, before the main attraction arrives 'ELVIS PRESLEY'. The Orchestra was integrated by 6 lead musicians who were traveling with the show, the Musical Director of the shows was Al Dvorin, who was also part of the touring group and can be seen on the right of the image.
Jerry Gaghan Daily News : "What this audience may have lacked in size and maturity it more than made up in noise and sustained frenzy,Anticipating Elvis' arrival,the crowd rose and cheered widly with each introduction in the series of opening acts.


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Elvis about to enter the stage,5th April 1957 Philadelphia Sports Arena / Photo Jimmy Velvet

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James Smart from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin "Elvis hung a guitar over his neck.Then there followed a half hour of rubberlegged gyrations as he poured rock'n'roll lyrics into a microphone,thrusting arms and knees at the audience. Every new gesture and wiggle brought a variance in pitch from the howl of the audience,mostly young girls.It was rare that a word could be discerned even those standing only a few feet from the stage."


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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel**

LINDA DEUTSCH 2002 "When I was just a kid, a voice on the radio changed my life and American music forever. It was Elvis Presley singing "Heartbreak Hotel." I started a fan club,The official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Asbury Park and dreamed of going to Memphis to see The King. "I never met Elvis but I did see him in person once, which was a powerful experience. In 1957 we heard that Elvis was performing in Philadelphia and we persuaded Carol's mother to take us on a bus to see the concert.
It was a scene of incredible pandemonium with kids fainting and screaming. When Elvis came onstage, the building shook with screams as if an earthquake ( news - web sites) had struck. It had. It was Elvis in black leather singing songs that could barely be heard above the roar.
We were the fan club and we thought we'd have great seats. But, alas, we wound up in nosebleed heaven. Elvis was a remote, wiggling figure far, far away from us. But when I looked at my friend Carol, tears were streaming down her face.
"Carol, what's wrong?" I asked."HE LOOKED AT ME!" she exclaimed.I would always cite that as an example of the Elvis magic. Everyone thought he looked at them"
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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel*

LINDA DEUTSCH tells the same story 'Kingman Daily Minor August 19 1977'I was an Elvis Presley Fan'
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(Linda Deutsch later became a legal correspondent for the Associated Press in L.A.)


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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel*
Fifty policeman and Fifteen female officers were on duty inside the Arena for the four shows under the guidance of Captain Harry Fox,whilst Sixty five highway patrolmen and foot officers worked the area around the arena directed by Inspector Maurice Pilner.

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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel**

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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel**
Ben Weisman went to the saturday evening 8.00pm performance : Elvis gave a concert in Philadelphia and I went to see it I just watched the crowd,the place was mobbed,girls with their feet dangling down from the balconies-everybody going crazy.I sat there and said" Look at this! This is a phenomenon! As a matter of fact while I was sitting there,a tomato went hurling through the air-Elvis was on stage,and it hit and broke the strap on his guitar.He was furious! He stopped his show and said "Hey,wait a minute! If somebody's got a problem up there,why don't you just come down here and we'll work it out" Elvis was going to take the guy on,but whoever threw it,would't come down from the balcony. He sure got bood.
The Sunday Bulletin reported: "Elvis' face darkened into a frown,but he managed to finish his song 'All Shook Up',then with his eyes flashing,he pointed to Scotty Moore and addressed the crowd.He got egg on his guitar,Whoever threw that will never make the Yankees. After a moment's pause,which did not cool his ire,the singer again faced the crowd "Most of you people came here to enjoy the show,the guy who threw the egg will never make it.I mean it,jack,we're just trying to put on a nice show,"
The guilty were William Quinn,20 New York City who said "We don't like Elvis,but we went to see what he is like",William B Oates,21 of Brooklyn,James Stark,20 of Greenport,New York and John Eidt,20 of New York City-who spent the night in jail "

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Photo Robert Coldwell /Ger J.Rijff Jan Van Gestel*
Jimmy Velvet : Elvis' show was unbelievable,I had never seen anything like it,I mean Jacksonville wasn't anything like this.There were so many kids there climbing over each other it was amazing. The screaming you never heard anything,the screaming never stopped,but he didn't have to hear very much,he felt it.I remember it well,before I left for the concert,everybody at the base was kidding me,"No you're not going to go over there,you're not going to get in". I went back with some fresh pictures,and everybody went crazy over them,It was fun.

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George Klein : When we got home,Gladys said,'Elvis,what happened in Philadelphia?What happened in Cleveland,What happened in Chicago? Elvis said,"Mama, I can't remember anything, it's all a blur,all these places look alike to me,George knows everything about every show in every city,ask him"

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James Smart from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin " There were a few breaks when Elvis sang something more sentimental,clutching the microphone close to his lips and staggering around the stage.Even when he recited tenderly a few lines of 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin',he was drowned out by the crowd.'As he sang 'Love Me' girls throughout the arena stood up and stretched out their arms toward the stage,Elvis grinned and kept singing..

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James Smart from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin " Some held their hands to their sides of their heads as though the ecstasy of seeing Elvis was sweetly painful. One girl stopped screaming,sat down and wept quietly as Elvis concluded his concert with 'You Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog"
Jerry Gagham from the Daily News "When he went into an arm-flailing,hip-wiggling,floor-crawling finale with 'Hound Dog' the hysterical mob broke out of its seats. Fortunately,there were enough cops and plainclothesmen guarding every aisle to get them all back again"

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Photo United Press.Philadelphia teen Penny Taylor witnessed the saturday show from her front-row seat.At the start of Presley's show,Penny constrained her passion by chewing on her Elvis fan club hat. Later she could be seen crying into the hat,and as her idol finished his act and made his gateway,she slipped off her chair to the floor in a state of exhaustion


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Photo by HARRIS RADIN
Saturday April 6th 1957,2.30pm/8.00pm.To my knowledge the only image to come from either of saturday's performances,which one is unclear. Alan Hanson's book says "Saturday afternoon and evening shows were more of the same.Presley was back wearing his gold jacket and shoes,along with a white satin shirt(black shirt above)and black pants.Elvis In Gold book by Joseph A. Tunzi JAT states on page 107 that Elvis wore the gold jacket on April 5 evening,April 6 afternoon and April 6 evening. Nothing conclusive

Santo: My first "concert" was when Elvis first came to Philadelphia in the 50's. He wore his gold suit* for the evening show. It looked like a lightning storm with all the flashes going off. My dad and mom came and I was trying to film the show with his 16mm camera. The only thing that came out on the film was snap shots of Elvis whenever there was enough light from the flashbulbs. I clipped those pieces of film years later and took them to a photo shop but the fellow said they would not come out.^

Joseph P. Barrett Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin : The final saturday evening performance drew a seemingly older crowd than had Elvis' three previous shows,there were more couples on dates and more parents with children,there was hundreds of teen-age girls,too,and they accompanied Presley with their customary ear-piercing shrieks. The show finished around 10.15pm with Elvis making a quick exit in front of the 5,329 crowd ( the largest crowd of the two day four show run)

Davide

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Clean up before and after

Any contributions or corrections would be great

* These images appear in the out of print book 'Fire In The Sun ' Ger J.Rijff/Jan Van Gestel Tutti Frutti productions,and images ** are uncropped in the book.
With thanks to Elvis 57 The Final Fifties Tours by Alan Hanson
^http://www.ibiblio.org/elvis/frameright.html
+thanks to the fool
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Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:09 am

Thank you, Davide. Absolutely brilliant.

LINDA DEUTSCH 2002 "When I was just a kid, a voice on the radio changed my life and American music forever. It was Elvis Presley singing "Heartbreak Hotel." I started a fan club,The official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Asbury Park and dreamed of going to Memphis to see The King. "I never met Elvis but I did see him in person once, which was a powerful experience. In 1957 we heard that Elvis was performing in Philadelphia and we persuaded Carol's mother to take us on a bus to see the concert.
It was a scene of incredible pandemonium with kids fainting and screaming. When Elvis came onstage, the building shook with screams as if an earthquake had struck.......
We were the fan club and we thought we'd have great seats. But, alas, we wound up in nosebleed heaven. Elvis was a remote, wiggling figure far, far away from us. But when I looked at my friend Carol, tears were streaming down her face.
"Carol, what's wrong?" I asked."HE LOOKED AT ME!" she exclaimed.I would always cite that as an example of the Elvis magic. Everyone thought he looked at them"

I love this story, to me it explains Elvis, and being a fan, beautifully and precisely.

Helen

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:57 am

Woow, another treasure for our forum. Thank you very much, David, GREAT work!! ::rocks

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:13 pm

Just when i thought you couldn't top your last topic,you come in with this, very cool Davide!!

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:30 pm

Christmas came two weeks early. Thanks "Santa"!

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:35 pm

Fantastic! Thanks...

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:40 pm

Thank you for another great thread, davide!

A few additions...
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Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:17 pm

As always a great thread !
It would make one helluva book if you collected all your great topics into it, maybe with a little DVD with some footage from the 50s. I tell ya, I get a better feeling of what it was like in the old times than from any documentary.... Keep it up !

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:18 am

Thanks everyone,had it on file for a while,just needed the time to complete. Thanks to The fool for the uncropped image below which I've had a go at 'cleaning up'

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Thanks Davide

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:37 pm

Infrickincredible! Thanks again davide!

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Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:48 pm

There are outdoor pictures from the Pennsylvania Sports Arena ?

Mississippi

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:05 pm

I get into Phialdelphia quite often. If someone could send me the address of where the building was (is) located, I'll try to get some current pictures.

I don't know where it was located and can't find any info.

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:13 pm

Great collection Davide.
This was one venue I thought about doing once but never did.

The trouble with finding information about it lies in the fact it has been misnamed in the Elvis world overtime. It wasn't called the "Sports Arena". It was called "The Arena" or sometimes "the Philadelphia Arena. It was located at 4530 Market Street and burned down in 1983.
Here is what Wikipedia has on it
The Philadelphia Arena was an arena used mainly for sporting events located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The building, originally named the Philadelphia Ice Palace and Auditorium, was located at 4530 Market Street, next to what would become the WFIL TV Studio which broadcast American Bandstand. It was built by George F. Pawling, of George F. Pawling & Co., Engineers and Contractors, and opened on Saturday, February 14, 1920. The first event was two nights later, Monday, February 16, 1920, a college hockey game between the Yale Bulldogs and Princeton Tigers; the Bulldogs won, 4–0, before a crowd of over 4,000 despite the fact that the arena had only one small entrance at the time.

The Tyrrell Era
Jules Mastbaum, owner of a movie theater chain (The Stanley Company of America), acquired the building in 1925 and re-named it the Arena. In 1927 the Arena was purchased by Rudy Freed and Maurice Fishman who operated the facility until 1934, when the their partnership was placed in receivership. In 1929, Peter A. Tyrrell (1896–1973) joined the Arena as boxing matchmaker and subsequently became the facility’s publicist. In 1934 Tyrrell was named a friendly receiver-in-equity by George Welsh, a federal judge. Tyrrell became general manager of the Arena and served in that capacity until 1958, returning the corporation to profitability and enriching the variety of public entertainment.[1]

Historic Events
The arena was the site of several historic sporting events, including the professional debut of Sonja Henie, fresh from her triumph in the 1936 Winter Olympics. Roy Rogers, cowboy movie star, performed in his first rodeo at the Philadelphia arena in 1943. The Roy Rogers Rodeo played the Arena every season for more than 20 years, and in 1946, when a young cowgirl died after riding a bucking bronco, her funeral was held there. Rogers and the Sons of Pioneers sang "Roundup in the Sky," and after the closing prayer, everybody rode out to the cemetery. It was also the home of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet. Professionally, the arena was the home of the Philadelphia Quakers of the NHL in their only season, 1930-1931, as well as the main home of seveal minor league hockey teams such as the Philadelphia Arrows, the Philadelphia Rockets and the Philadelphia Ramblers, as well as the Philadelphia Warriors and part-time home of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.

The arena was also a major venue for boxing and wrestling before the opening of The Spectrum. Throughout the history of the Arena, such legends as Sugar Ray Robinson, Lew Tendler, Gene Tunney, Joe Frazier and Primo Carnera fought there. Several championship wrestling matches occurred there, both for the NWA and the WWWF (including Stan Stasiak winning the WWWF championship belt in 1973, the only time until 1977 the belt ever changed hands outside of Madison Square Garden). Roller Derby also was held there, through the team named the Philadelphia Warriors, not connected with the basketball team, owned by Bill Griffiths, the owner of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds and Roller Games.

Political and Other Events
The Arena was not used as much for political and other events, as those events tended to be held at Convention Hall. However, many of the city's mayoral inauguration parties were held there. Evangelist Billy Sunday spoke there, and before the United States entered World War II, Charles A. Lindbergh gave a speech before an America First Committee Meeting.

Triangle Publications
In 1947 the Arena was sold to Triangle Publications, along with the NBA franchise and the Philadelphia Warriors Basketball team. This transaction made TV station WFIL-TV, owned by Triangle Publications, the first joint ownership of a major professional sports team and TV station. In 1958, a group headed by Tyrrell purchased the Arena from the Walter Annenberg Foundation, to which ownership had been transferred by Triangle Publications. At the time of Tyrrell’s retirement in 1965, the Arena building was sold at auction to James Toppi Enterprises, a sports promotion concern.

Final years
The building fell out of popular use in the 1970s, due to the building of the Spectrum in 1967. In 1977, the building was auctioned off and renamed in honor of Martin Luther King. The arena was finally destroyed by arson on August 24, 1983. As of 2007, the former site of the arena now contains a housing complex, adjacent to the former TV studio which has become the Ron Brown Commerce Center. The site is located in West Philadelphia, on Market Street between 45th and 46th Streets.


I beleive there's photos of Jim Morrison and the doors there floating around and a boot of the show

Here are few pix I've found and an article from the NY Times from Jan 25, 1920
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Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:29 pm

here is the site now, the Market St. block between 45th and 46th
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Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:01 pm

Hi JamesVRoy,

many thanks for story and pictures.

Mississippi

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:41 pm

What's the name of the Philadelphia hotel, where Elvis slept ?

Mississippi

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook

Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:17 am

Thanks for the info on the venue James.

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Two shots from the Arena 57

Davide

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Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:06 pm

Here are two new images from this time

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Close up version of (3)

Here is the link http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2-Early-ELVIS-PRE ... 007wt_1167

Thanks Davide

Re: Philadelphia 57 Scapbook - 2 NEW images!

Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:32 pm

WOW!!!!!!

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Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:52 pm

Fantastic !!!!!!!!!

Thnx Davide

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Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:11 am

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Davide

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Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:54 am

On a random side note. Jimmy Velvet is wearing the famous green bolero jacket of Elvis'.

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Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:37 am

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From a magazine cover. Looks to be taken about the same time as the previously posted photo below.(Rock N Roll Stars No.3)


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Davide

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Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:00 pm

found this in my collection.
Got the photo from a person who sold the original transparency.
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Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:01 pm

found this in my collection.
Got the photo from a person who sold the original transparency.
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