Elvis Presley Concert Poster
The iconic poster of a young Elvis Presley, just at the start of his music career in the 1950s, surrounded by stars and stunning red type, announcing the arrival of a pre-mononym and pre-moniker King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Colonel Tom Parker had already been a longtime client of Hatch Show Print before he took on an unknown young man from Tupelo, Mississippi, in late 1954. In 1955, Elvis Presley was touring as part of a package show headlined by Hank Snow, also in business with Tom Parker, and in a little over a year, Elvis made a strategic visit to New York, and stunned the nation, appearing as if out of nowhere, immediately rocketing across the entertainment firmament like a Technicolor comet, shaking his cosmic hips.
This poster was printed for two days of shows Presley played in Jacksonville, Florida that August. So incendiary were his performances that after his first matinee show a local judge instructed him that he had to tone down his sexy moves for the sake of public morals.
The classic mid-twentieth century show poster also appeared in the pages of Life magazine, brandished by a Jacksonville preacher intent on warning his congregants of the sinful ways of Rock 'n' Roll. Hang the Hillbilly Cat on your wall, if you dare!
- Size: 22" x 28"
- Restrike of a historic show poster.
- Letterpress print.
- Printed on a Babcock Optimus 6 (originally), or Miehle 29.
- Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee.