Lot 68: September 1, 1957 Elvis Presley Seattle, Washington Concert Ticket with "I Like Elvis" Button, Photo Folio and Newspaper Ads for the Show
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The Elvis Presley craze continued to gain momentum at the end of 1957 as noted in a concert review that reported in part, "A shrieking, screaming mass of 'tingling' teen-age worshipers squealed their devotion last night to their idol, the writhing, wiggling country-singer, Elvis Presley, at Sick's Seattle Stadium. ... From the tensely awaited moment when Presley made his first quivering bump to his last vigorous grind, wave on wave of crazed female shrieks arose from the stadium. At the climax of his performance with his smash hit 'Hound Dog,' which Presley described as 'the Elvis Presley national anthem,' he wiggled himself flat on his back. The reaction to this gymnastic was unimaginable bedlam." The article continues to describe the hysteria that ensued around the gold-lame, sequin-trimmed, dinner jacket-clad star as frenzied female fans scampered to touch the microphone that "HE held" and grab clumps of dirt that "HE walked on." Offered is a rare ticket stub from this September 1, 1957, evening concert at Sick's Stadium in Seattle, Washington, which measures approximately 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches (3.81 by .81 cm). The ticket and the newspaper clipping of the review above are both adhered to an album page.
Also included are a Souvenir Photo Folio, which measure approximately 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm), a 3 inch (7.62 cm) diameter "I Like Elvis" button which was likely worn by one of these hysterical fans, and a scrapbook page with four newspaper ads for the show and an article about Kathy Mansfield, president of the Western Washington Elvis fan club. The article on Kathy has her noting the Elvis fan craze, promoting the September 1 show to members, and observing that thousands of fans screaming, which she explains as a simple physical reaction to the star, hardly constitutes a riot. This detailed ephemera collection from a specific moment in history really paints a clear picture of the overwhelming mania among nearly all female teenagers for Elvis. The collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ticket stub, while adhered to the album page with the newspaper clipping of the review of the show, presents with sharp corners and bold printing. The photo folio and button both present with only minor distresses, both in EX condition.