U.S. Post Office honors Elvis and Alfred Wertheimer

by Chris Murray on October 9, 2015

I was knocked out when I walked into my local post office and saw a stack of the post office’s magazine USA Philatelic with Alfred Wertheimer’s photos of Elvis at 21 on the cover! Several more of Alfred’s photos are used in the magazine and in the Forever Elvis Collection limited edition folio of stamps on the back cover. What a great honor for Elvis and for Alfred.

Billy Joe Royal, who recorded the hit record Down in the Boondocks, passed away last week. In the New York Times obituary they quoted Billy Joe saying, “When Elvis made it so big, all of us southern boys thought maybe we had a shot, too.” Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs document that time in 1956 when Elvis made it so big.

Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA, April 22-October 2, 2016

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