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[Elvis Presley Before Retouching to Simulate G. I. Haircut]

Unknown (American)

Person in Photograph:
Elvis Presley (American, 1935–1977)
Date:
1956–57
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 22.2 x 16.8 cm (8 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.) Frame: 47 x 57.2 cm (18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.) (Framed with 2011.192)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Twentieth-Century Photography Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.191
  • Description

    In 1957 the U.S. Army announced that Elvis Presley had been drafted for military service. To simulate what the pop idol would look like with the standard G.I. haircut, a retoucher at the United Press news agency used an airbrush to trim his trademark pompadour and sideburns, revealing a rather misshapen version of the future Private Presley.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: United Press Photo stamps on verso; mimeographed captions affixed to verso.

  • Provenance

    [David Winter, New York]

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