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Lot 4: 1953 W&W Invoice and Memphis Recording Service Accounting Statement for Recording Tape Possibly Used for Elvis Presley
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Elvis walked into the offices of Sun in August of 1953 to record a song for his mother, and the receptionist, Marion Keisker, was the first to note the talent that would launch the career of this superstar. Offered is a 1953 invoice from W&W Distributing Company and a check register noting the payment of the invoice. The W&W invoice, dated 11-17-53 and numbered 32918, is for 12 1,200-foot rolls of MMM tape. Considering his habit of reusing tape reels, this invoice likely billed Sam Phillips for the tape that would be used in recording Elvis' very first sessions at Sun with Scotty and Bill in 1954. Noted with "M. Keisker" (probably for receiving the tape rolls), the invoice, sold to Memphis Recording Service, totals $43.67. The accounting statement for this invoice has handwritten annotations (likely made by Ms. Keisker or Sam Phillips) which include taking a 2% discount and indicating that this invoice was paid on 07 December 1953 with Memphis Recording Service check number 290. This invoice and accounting statement measure approximately 8 1/2 by 5 5/8 inches (21.59 x 14.28 cm) and 5 5/8 by 6 1/4 inches (14.28 x 15.87 cm) respectively and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The invoice has staple holes and minor foxing near the top edge, otherwise in excellent condition; the statement is in similar condition with an additional rust stain at the top center.