The Deltiology Deity recently received its first request for an item to put on display. Being a fan of Elvis Presley, the requester wanted me to share a mysterious postcard they had received.
Some background to the story (in postcard form naturally)…
My first visit to Graceland was a few days before August 16, 1977 . I was on vacation with my family in the U.S. South. My mother was a huge Elvis fan so naturally we stopped in to make a call on Elvis (he declined to receive us). My second visit was a day or two after August 16, 1977 – the day Elvis died. My mom, distraught at Elvis’ death, drove us back to Memphis and we stayed around for a few days. Memphis after Elvis’ death was a surreal experience for me even though I was very young .
Graceland opened up to tours in 1982, and I went there four years after that without my mother. The postcard below Here’s a postcard I sent my mother from my visit:
Here’s the reverse side:
“Elvis and Graceland – Tour Graceland and see several rooms, including Elvis’ Trophy Room, main floor, racquetball court, cars and Meditation Gardens, Elvis’ final resting place.
“Hi Mom. I’ve been to Graceland and you haven’t! Nah! Nah! Nah! Graceland was really great it is too bad you couldn’t see it. Oh, well! We are now on our way home and will be home soon. Bye for now!”
17 years after my visit (and 21 years after it opened to the public) my mom finally got to opportunity to go to Graceland, and sent me this postcard:
Yes, Elvis’ postcards are to tacky like flies are to honey. TCB refers to “Talking Care of Business” – Elvis’ logo and a frequent symbol at Graceland. Here’s the flip side:
“May 16, 2003
Hi Glen: At Graceland At Last! They are playing my name. See you soon. Love”
But mysteriously after arriving home from Graceland my mother received this:
Apparently, this postcard came from the King himself – even though he had been dead for many years. Perhaps, this is proof that he is indeed alive and well and sending my mother postcards:
“Thank you! Thank you very much for leaving before I could get home. Yeah, I’m still around. Hope to see you back soon. TCB Love Elvis”
The mystery remains, but I am very grateful for all my fine Elvis postcards – thank you, thank you very much!