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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Bear With Me: 1956

Bear With Me: 1956

May 1956. Memphis, Tennessee. "Elvis Presley at home with his mother, Gladys." 35mm negative from photos by Philip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Elvis Presley -- He Can't Be, but He Is." View full size.

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Yes, it's Parker

Cyberian is correct. That's Andreas van Kuijk, aka Colonel Tom Parker. Is likely from his early WSM days as a manager for Eddy Arnold. Here is a better copy, signed of the photo in question.

Who's in the picture?

Colonel Tom Parker, complete w/ string tie. Sans cigar or cigarette.

[Below, Tom on the left and Red on the right. - Dave]

re: Who's in the picture

Red Foley?

[It could be. The first song Elvis performed in public (at age 10) was Red's "Old Shep."- Dave]

Who's in the picture?

There's a healthy debate on my FB timeline of people trying to guess who that country music performer is in the photo. Do any Shorpyites know? We've eliminated all of the more obvious ones from the era: Hank Locklin, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jimmy Dickens, Hank Thomson, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Cowboy Copas, etc.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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