Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

Artist:
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
Not on view
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.
Inscription: United Press Photo stamps on verso; mimeographed captions affixed to verso.
[David Winter, New York]

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