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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The King and His Castle: 1956

The King and His Castle: 1956

Elvis Presley, at the love-me-tender age of 21 in 1956, at the house he bought for himself and his parents at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis. Cadillacs and Harley sold separately. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington. View full size.

 

Those Caddies

Weren't always parked in the yard. Here are his Mom and Dad with two and the Harley.

Pringle of Scotland

Argyle socks! Never out of style since WWI.

Nothing ostentatious about Elvis

or he would have had air conditioning on that convertible too. The sedans both have the optional trunk mounted (until ~1957) air conditioners, as evidenced by the air scoops just forward of the trunk lid upper corners.

The Bike

It's a 56 KH actually, more on it here.

You know you're a redneck if

No matter how successful you are, there are still cars sitting in your front yard.

The King's Short Life

Who then would have thought Elvis' life was already half-lived.

Cadillacs

I believe all the Cadillacs are 1954 models. From left, a Sedan de Ville (his mom's car), then a slightly beat-up Series 75 Fleetwood limo (did he use this as a tour "bus"?), and a Series 62 convertible with a continental kit.

[The car on the left is a 1955 Fleetwood 60 Special. - Dave]

You are so right! Good catch, Dave!

Shade tree

Looks like the little sapling in the front yard has flourished throughout the last 57 years.

The old Presley place

As it appears today. Monogrammed awnings!

A King and a Hog

Harley Davidson K model. If he had waited another year he could have bought a Sportster, the K's big brother

 
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